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Voters’ list and identification

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Your name must be on the voters’ list in order for you to cast a ballot.

The voters’ list for each municipal election is prepared from data kept by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

Adding your name to the voters’ list

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).

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 want to change your school support, you must contact MPAC.

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.

Beginning January 1, 2024, the Chief Electoral Officer and Elections Ontario will be responsible for managing a single registry of electors for both provincial and municipal elections.

Removing 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 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 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.

Showing identification before you vote in person

When you arrive to vote in person you must show identification to prove that you are the person whose name appears on the voters’ list. The identification must show your name and address. Photo identification is not required.

Examples of identification include:

  • Ontario driver’s licence
  • Ontario health card (if your name and address are printed on the card)
  • mortgage, lease or rental agreement
  • insurance policy
  • credit card statement
  • bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone, internet

A Canadian passport is not an acceptable identification document because you write your address inside your passport yourself.

See the full list of acceptable documents.

If your name is on the voters’ list and you do not have identification, you may fill out and sign a Declaration of Identity (Form 9) that you are the person whose name appears on the list.

Updated: April 04, 2022
Published: April 01, 2022