Guelph residents will go to the polls this fall to decide who will represent them on the council’s horseshoe and on local school boards.
These elections are scheduled for Monday, October 24.
We’ve put together a full list of the candidates and what you need to know to vote. This story will be updated regularly as new candidates sign up.
The application period for candidates to register opened on May 2 and will end at 2 p.m. on August 19.
WHO CAN I VOTE FOR?
In the 2022 municipal and school board elections, voters will have the opportunity to select the following:
Mayor – elected by voters from across the city.
Councilor – two candidates elected in each of six wards by voters in each.
School Commissioner — One each for MonAvenir Catholic School Board and Viamonde School Board; four elected for the Wellington Catholic District School Board; two each for the Upper Grand District School Board for Wards 1 and 5 and Wards 2 through 4 and one for Ward 6 and Puslinch.
WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE?
You are eligible to vote in the 2022 municipal and school board elections if you meet the following criteria on polling day:
• Canadian citizen
• At least 18 years old
• A resident of Guelph who owns or rents property in Guelph or the spouse of an owner or renter of property in Guelph
• Must be on the voters list. Those whose names are not on the list and who are eligible to vote can have their names added up until election day. To see if your name is on the voters list and that your information is up to date, go to voterlookup.ca.
Voter notification cards showing dates and times for regular and advanced voting locations, including where you can vote, will be mailed out in September.
WHERE CAN I VOTE?
On Election Day (October 24), voters can vote at any polling station in their neighborhood. There will also be advance polling locations October 8-10 and October 14-16. Separate voting times will also be organized for people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Residents will also be able to vote by mail or, if eligible, participate in the home service pilot vote.
WHAT DO I NEED TO VOTE?
Voters will need to bring identification showing your name and address to receive a ballot on Election Day.
Voter ID cards cannot be used as identification. A separate ID will be required.
Acceptable identification includes a driver’s license or Ontario health card, property assessment or utility bill.
CAN I VOTE BY PROXY?
If you cannot get to a polling place to vote in the election, you can choose another qualified voter to vote on your behalf. This is called proxy voting. Proxy forms will be available on August 22.