Eligibility to Vote

In simple layman terms all residents, seasonal cottagers, camper and trailer tenants are eligible to vote in the municipal election, below are the details.

You are eligible to vote in the election for municipal council if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • you are a Canadian citizen

  • you are aged 18 or older

  • you qualify to vote in the municipality

There are 3 ways that you can qualify to vote in a municipality:

  1. As a resident elector if you live in the municipality. You may own, rent, live in shared accommodation where you do not pay rent or live in the municipality but do not have a fixed address. Being a resident elector is the most common type of eligibility.

  2. As a non-resident elector if you own or rent property in a municipality, but it’s not the one where you live. You can only be a resident elector in 1 municipality. However, you can be a non-resident elector in any other municipality (or municipalities) where you own or rent property.

  3. As the spouse of a non-resident elector if your spouse owns or rents property in the municipality or municipalities other than the one where you live. Neither you nor your spouse qualify as a non-resident elector if you do not personally own or rent the property in the municipality. For example, if the property is owned by your business or your cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector.

Reference Sources:
Ministry of Municipal Affairs –webpage
Ministry of Municipal Affairs – Voters Guide

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