I also see candidates running for “regional councillor” in this ward – are you running against them?
No – Oshawa is part of a two-tier municipal system, with Durham Region being the upper tier. I’m running for the local city council seat – Oshawa only – for Ward 4, and the regional seat for Ward 4 is a separate race with different candidates. If you live in Ward 4, you vote for one local candidate, and one regional candidate.
Which political party banner are you running under?
Municipal politics in Canada don’t usually involve political parties, with candidates running as independent candidates.
How do I know if I’m on the voters list?
Go here and enter your information to find out. If you’re not, you can add yourself, or you can bring your ID and proof of address on election day to your local poll station and they will be able to add you on the spot.
How do I know which ward I live in?
Where do I go to vote on October 22?
If you received a voter information card, it will tell you. If not, find the nearest poll station or go to city hall and they will be able to look up your poll station.
I’m away October 22 – will I be able to vote?
Yes – advance poll information is available here. You can go to any of them, regardless of where in the city you would usually cast your vote.
Wait, what happened to the multiple candidate choices I had to make in the 2014 election?
In the 2010 and 2014 municipal elections, Oshawa used what’s called an “at-large” voting system instead of wards, where councillor candidates ran across the entire city and winners didn’t represent specific wards during their term. In 2014, the ballot included a referendum question asking if voters wanted to move back to ward-based representation, which we had prior to 2010, and around 70% of voters resoundingly said ‘yes’ to wards. We’re now back to that system.