Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the Election?

Monday, October 27, 2014

What are we voting for?

Overall we’re voting to establish a new city council and the school boards, each voter is entitled to vote for:

  • One (1) vote for a candidate for Mayor.
  • Five (5) votes for candidates for Councillors At Large.
  • One (1) vote for a candidate for Ward Councillor.
  • Trustees for only one (1) school board:
  • If you are an English-Public supporter you may vote for eight (8) trustees.
  • If you are an English-Separate supporter you may vote for six (6) trustees.
  • If you are a French-Public supporter you may vote one (1) trustee. 
  • If you are a French-Separate supporter you may vote five (5) trustees.


How do I find out who is running in the Election?

Voters can visit the Registered Candidates & Profiles page on the City of Thunder Bay’s website to see a full list of registered candidates or contact the Office of the City Clerk.

Nominations can be submitted after January 2, 2014.


Who is eligible to vote?

Every person is qualified to vote in City of Thunder Bay’s Municipal Election if he/she:

  • Resides in Thunder Bay or is the owner or tenant of land here, or the spouse of such a person. 
  • Is a Canadian citizen. 
  • Is at least 18 years old. Is not otherwise prohibited from voting (see Ineligible Voter).

Note:
Landed immigrants cannot vote – you have to be a Canadian Citizen. You may vote only once in a municipal election, regardless of how many properties you own or rent within at city. If you own or rent more than one property, you must vote where you live.


Who is ineligible to vote?

A person is not entitled to vote, if that person is:

  • Serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution. 
  • Acting as an executor or in any other representative capacity, except as a voting proxy. 
  • Convicted or a corrupt practice for an election held within four years of voting day. 
  • Note: Corporations are not eligible to vote.


Are landed immigrants entitled to vote in the municipal election?

No. You must be a Canadian citizen.

If I've lost my Election Notice, how will I know when and where to vote?

You can contact the Office of the City Clerk and a staff member will look up your address and advise you of the voting location.

Office of the City Clerk
Address: Third Floor, City Hall
500 Donald St. East
Thunder Bay ON P7E 5V3
Tel: 807.625.2014 
Fax: 807.623.5468

You can use the Am I on the Voters’ List tool – September 2, 2014 on the Am I on the List? page to find your voting location and time.


If I have just moved to Thunder Bay, how do I get on the Voters' List?

Start your voter registration

Office of the City Clerk
Address: Third Floor, City Hall
500 Donald St. East
Thunder Bay ON P7E 5V3
Tel: 807.625.2014 
Fax: 807.623.5468


Can I vote if I have no fixed address or no home at all?

Eligible voters who are homeless, or without a permanent home or fixed address, can still vote. Their qualifying address will be determined by:

  • The location to which they most frequently returned to sleep or eat during the five weeks prior to the election, since this is considered to be their residence.
  • The location where they returned to sleep, if they returned with equal frequency to one place to sleep and another to eat.


Am I on the Voters' List? How do I check?

The Voters’ List for the City of Thunder Bay identifies each person who meets the voter qualifications and is registered and eligible to vote. It also provides their address and which school board they support and can vote for.

The list is prepared by Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). It is important to check the Voters’ List to ensure your name is on it. The List will be posted in early September 2014, in the Office of the City Clerk and the Thunder Bay Public Libraries. It will also be available online at www.tbayvotes.com/am-i-on-the-voters-list.


What if my name is not on the Voters' List or the information is incorrect?

Voter’s Notification Cards will be mailed to all registered voters early October 2014. If you do not receive a Voter Notification Card, contact the Office of the City Clerk immediately.

If you find that when you check the Voters’ List, or receive the Voter’s Notification Card and notice any errors that needs to be corrected, or find you need to add or delete a voter please contact the Office of the City Clerk immediately.

You can check to see if your name is on the list online at www.tbayvotes.com/am-i-on-the-voters-list.

Corrections to the Voters’ List can only be made in person at City Hall, up to and including voting day. To make a change to the Voters’ List you need to complete a form we provide and have with you the necessary identification.

Proof of identity and residence

1. The following is prescribed as the proof of identity and residence that a person may present for the purposes of subparagraph 1 ii of subsection 52 (1) of the Act:

1. An original, or a certified or notarial copy, of a document that is listed in Schedule 1 and shows the person’s name and qualifying address. O. Reg. 304/13, s.

Form for application and statutory declaration

2. The following is prescribed as the form that a person may complete for the purposes of subparagraph 1 ii of subsection 52 (1) of the Act:

1. Form 9, entitled “Declaration of Identity” (application and statutory declaration under subparagraph 1 ii of subsection 52 (1) of the Act), dated November, 2013 and available on the website of the Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository under the listing for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. O. Reg. 304/13, s. 2.

SCHEDULE 1

1. An Ontario driver’s licence.
2. An Ontario Health Card (photo card).
3. An Ontario Photo Card.
4. An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
5. A cancelled personalized cheque.
6. A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario.
7. An insurance policy or insurance statement.
8. A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
9. A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
10. Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government.
11. Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
12. An income tax assessment notice.
13. A Child Tax Benefit Statement.
14. A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
15. A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS).
16. A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P).
17. A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
18. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works.
19. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program.
20. A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
21. A property tax assessment.
22. A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement.
23. A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
24. A hospital card or record.
25. A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
26. A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
27. A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission.
28. A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
29. A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school.


What if I am out of town on Election Day?

If you are unable to vote on Advance Voting Days or on Election Day, you may appoint another person to vote on your behalf. It’s called assigning a Proxy to vote for you.

Any qualified elector listed on the Voters’ List may vote by proxy. The appointment is to be done on the prescribed form and the person being appointed must appear before the City Clerk in person to take a statutory declaration. Forms will be available from the Office of the City Clerk, in October 2014. A voting proxy may only act as voting proxy for:

  • One person who is not a relative. 
  • One or more persons who are related (parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, spouse or same-sex partner of the voting proxy).

To certify appointments to vote by proxy, contact the Office of the City Clerk which will be open during normal working hours Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


What should I bring with me when I go vote?

You should take your Voter Notification Card and one piece of identification when you go to your voting place. Bring your voter notification card with you when you go vote!

Proof of identity and residence

1. The following is prescribed as the proof of identity and residence that a person may present for the purposes of subparagraph 1 ii of subsection 52 (1) of the Act:

1. An original, or a certified or notarial copy, of a document that is listed in Schedule 1 and shows the person’s name and qualifying address. O. Reg. 304/13, s.

Form for application and statutory declaration

2. The following is prescribed as the form that a person may complete for the purposes of subparagraph 1 ii of subsection 52 (1) of the Act:

1. Form 9, entitled “Declaration of Identity” (application and statutory declaration under subparagraph 1 ii of subsection 52 (1) of the Act), dated November, 2013 and available on the website of the Government of Ontario Central Forms Repository under the listing for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. O. Reg. 304/13, s. 2.

SCHEDULE 1

1. An Ontario driver’s licence.
2. An Ontario Health Card (photo card).
3. An Ontario Photo Card.
4. An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion).
5. A cancelled personalized cheque.
6. A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario.
7. An insurance policy or insurance statement.
8. A loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution.
9. A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario.
10. Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government.
11. Any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada).
12. An income tax assessment notice.
13. A Child Tax Benefit Statement.
14. A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E.
15. A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (OAS).
16. A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P).
17. A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
18. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works.
19. A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program.
20. A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007.
21. A property tax assessment.
22. A credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement.
23. A CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities.
24. A hospital card or record.
25. A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution.
26. A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home.
27. A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission.
28. A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer.
29. A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school.


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