Make Your Vote Count
This election, voting will be by internet or telephone only. Voter Help Centres will be set up with voting stations for anyone who wishes to come to one of the designated locations to place their vote via the internet.
October 24, 2022, is voting day for the Ontario Municipal Elections.
Voting in the 2022 Municipal Election will be by Internet or telephone.
From Friday, October 14, 2022 (10:00 am) to Monday, October 24, 2022 (8:00 pm), you can cast your electronic ballot anytime, anywhere
Are you on the voters list? By logging into voterlookup.ca, eligible electors can confirm or update their electoral information and add an elector name to an address.
There is a new ward structure for the 2022 municipal election. Click here to view the interactive ward boundaries map, where you can enter your address to see which ward you are in.
Am I eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote if you, or your spouse or same sex partner, live, own or rent property in BWG. You also must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old and not prohibited from voting under subsection 17 (3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (see below).
Everyone who is on the voters' list will receive a voter information letter in the mail in the fall (end of September/early October) with the information you need to vote.
Who is NOT allowed to vote?
Can I vote for candidates in wards other than the one I live in?
No. If you live in BWG, you must vote for a candidate representing the ward you live in. This information will be contained in the voting system - whether you vote online or by phone - and it will only permit you to vote for a candidate running for Councillor of your home ward.
If I own more than one property in BWG can I vote more than once?
No, each person is entitled to only one vote, no matter how many properties they own in BWG. If you DON'T live in BWG but DO own property here, you may vote for a Councillor candidate representing the ward where your property is located. If you own more than one property, you must choose only one ward to vote for. You should also make sure that you are on the voters' list for that qualifying address. Non-resident electors are not eligible to vote for a School Board Trustee candidate.
When do I vote?
You may place your vote by internet or telephone ANY TIME between October 14 at 10:00 a.m. and October 24 at 8:00 p.m. Both the internet and telephone systems are available 24 hours a day throughout this period.
Where and how do I vote?
All votes must be cast using either the internet or touch-tone telephone. You do not need to leave your home or office to vote - simply place your vote online from any location using your computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection, or using any touch-tone telephone.
There will be NO PAPER BALLOTS used in the 2022 election.
If you require assistance to vote, or would like to vote by internet and do not have access at home, you can visit a Voter Help Centre - see below for locations and times.
How do I vote?
Do voters have to be tech-savvy or need special programs to vote online?
No, you don't need special internet skills or special software to cast your vote online. Access to the internet is all you need to cast your vote online from any computer, smart phone or tablet. The system is intuitive and easy to use. Once you have received your voter information letter, go to the website, and you'll be guided through the process of casting your vote.
You can also use the telephone to cast your ballot. When you receive your voter information letter, you will be provided with a telephone number. Call the telephone number and follow the prompts to cast your ballot.
What do I do if have questions or want to see the system in advance?
Before and during the Voting Period, you can get help in a variety of ways:
You can also view the 2022 Voters' Guide here.
Where can I go to get in-person help?
Voter Help Centres will be set up with voting stations for anyone who wishes to come to one of these locations to place their vote via the internet.
BWG Library Voter Help Centre
Town Administration Office Voter Help Centre
100 Dissette St., Units 7&8:
Mobile Voter Help Centres will be established at certain institutional and multi-residential buildings for residents of those facilities. Locations, dates and times are to be determined.
Where can electors go to add their name or check if they are on the Voters' List?
The voters' list for each municipal election is prepared from data kept by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
Only electors on the Voter's List will receive a voter information letter which will provide instructions on how to vote.
You can check to see if MPAC has your information in its database at www.voterlookup.ca. You can also call MPAC at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) or TTY: 1-877-889-MPAC (6722). . Electors can confirm or update their information, add an elector to the address, and change their school support.
The voters' list becomes official on September 1.
After September 1, you must apply to your municipal clerk if you want to add your name to the list or correct your information. You have until the close of voting on October 24 to apply for any changes.
If you are applying to add your name to the voters' list, you will be asked to provide proof that you are eligible to vote.
How do I remove a name from the Voters' List?
The voters' list is a public document. If you do not want your name to appear on the voters' list you can apply to the clerk's office to have your name removed. If you remove your name from the list, you will not be able to vote.
You can also apply to the clerk's office to remove the name of someone who is deceased. You cannot ask for someone else's name to be removed from the list for any other reason.
The Clerks office can be reached at [email protected] or Phone: 905-7 75-5366 ext. 8683 (VOTE).
Will you be hiring staff to help with voting?
If required, the Town will recruit Election Officials for the 2022 municipal election and applications will be posted to our website when available.
Will there be an advance voting period?
There is no longer a set voting day or advance voting period. Voters may cast their ballots by phone or online any time between October 14 at 10:00 am and October 24 at 8:00 pm
Is proxy voting still allowed?
No, proxy voting (which is when an eligible voter designates another eligible voter to vote on their behalf if they are unable to do so themselves) will not be permitted in the 2022 municipal election. Eligible voters can place their vote using the internet from anywhere in the world, or using a touch-tone telephone from anywhere in North America toll-free.
When, where, and how do I find out who the candidates are?
As candidates are nominated, they will be added to the list of unofficial candidates under the Notices section, found on the main election page. After the nomination period closes on August 19, the nominations will be certified by the Clerk. Once this process is complete, the list of certified candidates will be available on this website under the Notices section.
Have the wards changed?
Yes, the wards have changed for the 2022 municipal election. Click here to view the interactive ward boundaries map, where you can enter your address to see which ward you are in.
I have some concerns about online voter privacy. Is online voting secure?
It is very secure. Electors are authenticated by their Voter PIN, which cannot be linked back to the identity of the elector. A sealed voter information letter containing the voter's PIN are sent by first class mail. No one except the Clerk or designated Election Officials can access the information that match each elector's name and address.
Feel free to contact the election staff for more information regarding the security measures in place for the 2022 municipal election.
Will free transit be provided for voters?
Because voting can now take place from any location, free transit will not be provided for voting purposes.