Voters go to the polls Monday, June 26 to elect Toronto’s next mayor

2023 June 22

Election day in Toronto is Monday, June 26 and 1,445 voting locations will be open across the city from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters must cast their ballot at the voting location assigned to them in the ward where they live.

Voters can visit MyVote to:

  • Search their address to find out where to vote
  • View, download or print a Voter Information Card (if they are on the voters’ list)
  • Find accessibility information about their voting location
  • Review a sample of the ballot
  • Review the candidates running for mayor.

Before voting on election day, voters should visit MyVote to confirm there have been no changes to voting locations. To avoid lineups, voters should consider voting during off-peak hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Voting locations close at 8 p.m., but if a voter is in line by 8 p.m., they will be able to vote.

No one on voting place property or entering a voting place can display election material in support of or against a candidate including buttons, ribbons, pins, t-shirts and signs.

Direction for media on election day

The City’s Media Attendance at a Voting Place policy  will be in effect on election day. Requests to film/photograph in a voting location as described in the policy must be submitted to in advance and require permission from the City Clerk.

Permission from the City Clerk is not required for media to film/photograph a voting location from the public sidewalk in a manner that does not interfere with voter access to the facility.

Voter eligibility

To vote in the 2023 by-election for mayor, voters must be:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • a resident in the city of Toronto; or
  • a non-resident of Toronto, but they or their spouse own or rent property in the city; and
  • not prohibited from voting under any law.

Voters may only vote once in the 2023 by-election for mayor regardless of how many properties they own or rent within the city. If a voter owns or rents multiple properties and lives in Toronto, they must only vote in the ward where they live.

What to bring to the voting place

Voters are reminded to bring identification showing their name and qualifying Toronto address and their Voter Information Card (VIC), if they received one. VICs provide information about when and where to vote and can contribute to a more efficient voting experience. VICs are not required to vote and cannot be used as identification.

If an eligible voter on the voters’ list did not receive a VIC by mail, they can use MyVote to print or download a digital copy to their smartphone to show at the voting place, along with acceptable identification. A list of acceptable identification is available on the Toronto Elections Voter Information webpage.

More information about VICs is available on the Toronto Elections Voter Information Card webpage.

Accessibility for election day

The Voter Assist Terminal is a ballot-marking device that allows voters with disabilities to mark their ballot privately and independently. The features include a touch screen, an audio function, a braille keypad, a sip/puff tube device, a rocker paddle/foot switch and zoom features to adjust font sizes and colour contrast.

If a voter requires the use of a Voter Assist Terminal on election day and one is not located at their designated voting location, they can request to have their ballot transferred by calling 416-338-1111, press 6.

Candidate election signs

All election signs must be removed by Thursday, June 29. Property owners/occupants and candidates are responsible for removing and disposing of election signs. Election signs should never be placed in the Blue Bin (recycling) but can be taken to certain City Drop-Off Depots for recycling. Locations and hours of operation for Drop-Off Depots that accept election signs are available on the City’s website.

More information about election sign rules, complaint procedures and disposal is available on the Election Signs webpage.

Election Results

Real-time, unofficial election results will be available as they are submitted by voting locations after 8 p.m. and will be posted on the Toronto Elections Results webpage.

The official election results are anticipated to be certified by the City Clerk on Wednesday, June 28. The new mayor will be sworn into office after the official election results are certified at a time mutually agreed to by the Mayor-elect and the City Clerk.

The official number of eligible voters will be available within 30 days of the by-election, after all revisions to the voters’ list made during advance vote or on election day have been processed. Voter statistics for previous elections can be found through the Open Data webpage.