Accommodations for Voters
Accommodations for voters includes:
Appointing a Proxy for electors who will be away, translated materials, ballot transfers, assistance in the voting place and other important accessibility information.
A dedicated telephone line and email is available for you to address any questions, comments or concerns you may have throughout the election:
Phone: 416-338-1111 press 6
If you are unable to vote for any reason, on any of the available voting days, you may appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf by completing a proxy appointment form.
Voting Proxy Appointment forms can be picked up and certified at one of the City Clerk’s Office locations during an election year from the close of nominations until election day.
Your proxy must be someone who is an eligible elector in the City of Toronto, and who you trust to vote in accordance with your wishes. A person may act as a voting proxy for one person who is not a family member; or may vote on behalf of any/all immediate family members. Immediate family members are your spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent and grandchild.
Note: A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity is still required to obtain a proxy certificate.
For more information you may consult section 44 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
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.
For additional information about curbside voting you can call 416-338-1111.
If an elector requires the use of a Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) and one is not located at their designated voting place on Election Day, the voter can request to have their ballot transferred to the VAT voting place in their ward.
All election officials are required to take mandatory customer service training and each is provided with the Accessible Customer Service Etiquette Guide. Election officials are also trained to interact with people with disabilities who are accompanied by either a support person or a service animal.
If you require assistance, inside the voting place you may bring a friend along or ask an election official for assistance. Your friend may go behind the voting screen with you however they must first state an oral declaration and may only act as a friend once, except in nursing homes, or for family members.
Registered users of Wheel-Trans are encouraged to book their trips early as demands may be high on election day. You can also call your local candidate to see if they can provide transportation to your voting place.
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 assistance in another language:
- Key Election informationis also available in English and additional languages on our website in October of an election year.
- If you require assistance in a language that is not listed here, please call 311 for greater access to over-the-phone interpretation in more than 180 languages.
- Although we do try to place voting place staff with second language skills in areas where they will be most helpful, we do not provide specific translation services on advance vote or election day. 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.
You are entitled to have three hours in which to vote on voting day. If your job requires you to work hours that would not give you a three hour period in which to vote, you are allowed to be absent from your job for enough time to give you that three hour period.
Note: This does not mean that you are entitled to take three hours off of work.
Voting hours on election day are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If your working hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., you could be entitled to leave one hour early so that you would have from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to vote.