Ontario has a series of elections coming up! No matter what your political affiliation is, or which issues are the most important to you, the most important thing is to vote!
The provincial government is responsible for some of the large scale services and programs that you might access. This includes things like healthcare, education, and some of the infrastructure like highways. They are also responsible for the provincial building code and some other regulations that can have a big impact on union jobs and people working in skilled trades.
Find your local candidates by visiting Elections Ontario here. This will also allow you to visit candidate websites directly to learn more about their individual platforms or experience.
If you received your voter information card in the mail, this will have the location where you can vote, as well as the name of your electoral district. If you didn’t receive your voter information card, you can still vote! Bring one piece of photo ID with your current address on it to your polling station and you can vote. You can find your polling station here.
Municipal governments might seem like they are smaller, but they can actually have a huge impact on our day to day life. Councillors, mayors, and school board trustees make decisions about important things like public transit, local policing and firefighting, and planning and development. While the province regulates the building code, municipalities can regulate many parts of the building process, which can have a significant impact on IUPAT members and union jobs.
For voter information about municipal and school board elections, you can visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs website here. Candidates can file nomination papers until July 27, so if you or someone that you know is interested in running for municipal office, you can get forms from your municipality’s website!
We know that you, our members, care about your communities; you want them to be safe and thriving places where you can live and work. We also know that you want to have a role in making decisions about your community, the same way that you want to be involved in making decisions about your trade. No matter what your political affiliation or viewpoint is, make sure your voice is heard. Vote!