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City Council has directed the Clerk to hold a by-election for filling the vacancy of Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt. The by-election will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 with the opportunity of Advance Voting on January 8 to 10, 2021.

 

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Mail-in Voting will be available as an alternative option to in-person voting. This service will be available to all eligible voters in Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt beginning December 2.

Voting Place Safety

Toronto Elections has consulted with Toronto Public Health and our Occupational Health and Safety team to develop the following best practices to keep the voting places safe for voters and staff:

  • Provide personal protective equipment to staff, such as masks, and hand sanitizer.
  • Increase health and safety training for staff working in the voting place.
  • Designate an entrance and exit point for social distancing.
  • Provide a Health Screening Officer at the entry to the voting place to ensure all voters have reviewed the self-screening questions and are wearing a mask or face covering. Masks or face coverings are mandatory for all indoor spaces in the City of Toronto.
    • In the event an individual is exempt from the mandatory mask requirement, Election Services will take additional precautions to accommodate voting in a manner that protects everyone’s health and safety.
  • Provide signage and floor decals for direction and to maintain social distancing.
  • Provide sanitizer at all voting places for voters.
  • Clean and disinfect all touched surfaces and objects frequently throughout the day.
  • Provide single-use items such as marking pens and secrecy folders.
  • Offer multiple voting opportunities and methods.
    • Toronto Elections is introducing Mail-in Voting for 2021 By-election for Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt. Mail-in Voting offers eligible electors a safe and secure option to in-person voting. Eligible voters will be able to apply for Mail-in Voting beginning December 2, 2020.

DO NOT come to our office or the voting place if you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.

When You Go to Vote

  • Ensure you meet the qualifications to vote. (see the Who Can Vote section below)
  • Bring and wear your mask or face covering, it is mandatory for all indoor public spaces in the City of Toronto.
  • Follow the instructions and directions from Election officials.
  • Maintain social distancing in the voting place – 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the voting place.
  • To speed up your time spent in the voting place:
    • Add your name to the voters’ list before the advance voting days. You can do this online using VoterLookup.ca until November 23.
    • Bring your ID with your name and qualifying address to receive a ballot.
    • Bring your Voter Information Card.
    • Vote during non-peak times. The busiest times are from 5 p.m. to the close of voting.

Voting Opportunities & Options:

In-person Voting

You may only vote once in the Ward 22 By-election regardless of how many voting opportunities or options are available. You may only vote once in the Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within Ward 22.

There are four days of in-person voting:

Election Day

Friday, January 15, 2021

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Advance Vote
Friday January 8, 2021 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Advance Vote
Saturday, January 9, 2021 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Advance Vote
Sunday, January 10, 2021 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can find your assigned voting place(s) on your voter information card or by using MyVote starting December 2.

Voting by mail

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Mail-in Voting will be available as an alternative option to in-person voting. This service will be available to all eligible voters in Ward 22 beginning December 2.

Appoint another person to vote on your behalf

If you are unable to vote, you may appoint another person (see the Voting Option section below) to vote on your behalf as a Proxy.

You can vote in the January 15 By-election: Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • a resident in Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt; or
  • a non-resident of Toronto, but you or your spouse own or rent property in Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt; and
  • not prohibited from voting under any law

You may only vote once in the Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within Ward 22. You may only vote once regardless of how many voting opportunities or options there are.

Who cannot vote:

You are prohibited from voting on voting day if you are:

  • serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
  • a corporation
  • acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy
  • convicted of a corrupt practice described in section 90(3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

One piece of identification (ID) showing your name and qualifying Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt address is needed when you go to vote.

  • Ontario issued photo card, driver’s licence or motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
  • Cancelled personalized cheque, credit card or bank account statement.
  • Utility bill for hydro, telephone or cable TV, water, gas or a bill from a public utilities commission.
  • Cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
  • Statement of direct deposit for Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program.
  • Property tax assessment, income tax assessment notice, Child Tax Benefit statement.
  • Mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement.
  • Transcript or report card from a post-secondary school.
  • Document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
  • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or a document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
  • Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
  • Insurance policy or insurance statement.
  • Loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
  • Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
  • Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS), Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P), Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
  • CNIB card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
  • Document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
  • Hospital card or record.

Learn more about Ontario regulation 304/13 for voter identification Opens in new window under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 Opens in new window as amended.

Full printable list of identification PDF

The voters’ list is a list of eligible electors in the City of Toronto. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for preparing the preliminary list of electors for each municipality and school board in Ontario. It is MPAC’s Municipal Property Assessment database of property owners and tenants that is used to prepare this preliminary list, which aids in the preparation of the final voters’ list for Election Day.

Get on the Voters’ List for the Ward 22 By-election

From now until November 23 you can check, change or add your name using MPAC’s online tool VoterLookup.ca which will add your name to the voters’ list for the 2021 By-election: Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt.

The next opportunity to check, change or add your voter information will be when the Revision Period starts on December 2. On that date you can use the City’s online tool MyVote get on the voters’ list for the 2021 By-election: Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt. Through MyVote you will also have the option to apply for Mail-in Voting.

Voting by Mail

Mail-in Voting will be available as an alternative option to in-person voting. This service will be available to all eligible voters in Ward 22 beginning December 2.

Appoint a Voting Proxy

If you are unable to vote for any reason on any of the available voting days either in-person or through Mail-in Voting, you may appoint another eligible elector to vote on your behalf.

Beginning December 2, you can request a Voting Proxy Application.

Curbside Voting

If you are physically unable to go inside the voting place, you can request to have your ballot brought to your vehicle, outside of the building or to another area within the voting place. A friend or support person will need to go inside the voting place to let the election officials know that you require curbside voting.

Where a voting place is situated in a multi-residential building, the boundaries do not include any residences on the property.

This is not a drive-through voting option and is limited to those who are not able to enter the voting place due to barriers of unreasonable difficulty, injury or disability. We recommend the Mail-In voting option to cast your ballot.

Accessible Voting Equipment

The Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) is a ballot-marking device that allows voters with disabilities and other special needs to mark their ballot privately and independently. The features include a touch screen, an audio component, a Braille key pad, a Sip/Puff tube device, a Rocker Paddle/Foot Switch and zoom features to adjust font sizes and colour contrast.

If you require the use of a Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) and one is not located at your designated voting place, you can use the designated VAT voting place on Election Day.

Personal Assistance to Voters

If you require assistance at the voting place you may bring a friend along to help or you may ask an election official for assistance. Your friend may go behind the voting screen with you however they must make an oral declaration first.

Transportation to Voting Places

There are several ways to arrive at a voting place:

Translated Materials and Language Services

If you require assistance in another language:

  • Key By-election information will be is available on November 17 in English and additional languages.
  • If you require assistance in a language that is not available, please call 311 to request over-the-phone interpretation in more than 180 languages.
  • Voting place staff will be wearing tags that show the different languages they speak.
  • You may ask anyone who is not a candidate or a scrutineer to act as an interpreter for you. They must complete an oral declaration that they will faithfully translate any communication between you and the election officials. Interpreters may not go behind the voting screen with you or assist you in voting.
  • Translated “How to Vote booklets” are available in the voting place to assist with declarations, required identification, how to mark your ballot and what to expect.

Taking Time off to Vote

Voting hours on election day are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

You are entitled to three hours in which to vote on voting day. This does not mean you can take three hours off work. It means you’re allowed to be absent to give yourself three hours of voting time.

Typically this is at the start or end of your working hours. For example, if your working hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you are entitled to leave one hour early so that you would have from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to vote.

Your employer may decide when it would be most convenient for you to be absent in order to vote. For example, if you work from noon to 6 p.m. your employer may decide that you should come in at 1 p.m., rather than leave work at 5 p.m.


If any of the additional voting options do not work for you, email elections@toronto.ca or call 311.