In addition to voting in person during advance vote (October 7 to 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or on election day (October 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), there are a number of alternative voting options to be aware of.
Review the Election Accessibility Plan for an overview of election initiatives aimed at improving accessibility for voters and candidates with disabilities.
If you are unable to vote for any reason on any of the available voting days, you can appoint another eligible elector to vote on your behalf.
A Voting Proxy must be someone who is eligible to vote in the city of Toronto and who the voter can trust to vote the way they wish. A voter can only choose one person to vote on their behalf.
A Voting Proxy can only vote on behalf of one person unless they are voting on behalf of immediate family members. Immediate family members are spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren. A Voting Proxy can vote on behalf of more than one immediate family member.
Note: A person acting as executor or trustee or in any other representative capacity is still required to get a certified Voting Proxy Appointment Form.
To get a Voting Proxy Appointment Form and to make an appointment to get it certified, contact Toronto Elections by calling 416-338-1111 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
From September 1 to October 24 at 4:30 p.m., the Voting Proxy Appointment Form must be certified by the City Clerk.
The Voting Proxy Appointment Form must be completed and signed by the voter and the proxy voter before being certified.
The Form can be certified in-person at the Toronto Elections office, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., hours are:
The North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge St., ground floor) is an option for Proxy certification by appointment only. Contact Toronto Elections by calling 416-338-1111 or emailing email@example.com to book a Proxy certification appointment at the North York Civic Centre.
For more information, review 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 more information, email AccessibleElections@toronto.ca
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 a declaration first.
The Voter Assist Terminal is a ballot-marking device that allows voters with disabilities to mark their ballot privately and on their own. The features include a touch screen, an audio function, a braille key pad, a sip/puff tube device, a rocker paddle/foot switch and zoom features to adjust font sizes and colour contrast.
Voter Assist Terminals will be available at all advance vote locations – two per ward. If you require the use of a Voter Assist Terminal on election day and one is not located at your designated voting location, you can request to have your ballot transferred by calling 311.
Voter Assist Terminal Audio Only
If you require the use of a Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) and one is not located at your designated voting place on voting day, you can request to have your ballot transferred to the VAT voting place in their ward.
A ballot transfer can also be requested in circumstances where an eligible voter might encounter a barrier at their designated voting place.
How to vote information is available in a number of formats on the Election Audio-Visual Resources page.
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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.
To address barriers to voting for people with disabilities, Toronto Elections has established a dedicated telephone line and email address. Please contact us with accessibility questions, comments or concerns you may have:
Phone: 416-338-1111 press 6
Eligible voters who do not have a permanent address can vote in the 2022 municipal election.
If you stay at a shelter or spend time at a drop-in centre, look for information cards and posters with details on the closest voting place to your shelter. You may also find your voting location by using the MyVote web application.
If you need information about how to vote or are experiencing a barrier to voting, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311.
As an eligible voter on remand in one of Toronto’s detention centres, you can vote in the 2022 municipal election by appointing a Proxy or participating in the Mail-in Voting program through a liaison officer assigned by the correctional facility. To vote by mail, you must speak with detention centre staff to review the Mail-in Voting details and ensure you submit your request before the established deadline.
For more information, email VoteByMail@toronto.ca.