Proof of identity and current residence is required to be able to vote in municipal elections.
Any of the following documents that has the voter’s name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof:
- Identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and their name and current address.
- Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
- Government cheque or cheque stub.
- Income or property tax assessment notice.
- Insurance policy or coverage card.
- Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee.
- Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation.
- Residential lease or mortgage statement.
- Statement of government benefits (for example, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit).
- Utility bill (for example, telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water).
- Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate.
A letter or form (attestation) confirming that the person lives at the stated address will also be accepted as valid proof. The letter can be signed prior to the vote by any of the following:
- authorized representative of a commercial property management company;
- authorized representative of a correctional institution;
- authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve;
- authorized representative of a post-secondary institution;
- authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless; or
- authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a residential or legal address, it can be accepted as verification of current address if it is in reasonable distance to the voting jurisdiction. The address does not have to be in the voting division or ward.
An elected authority could, by bylaw, require additional verification or a combination of verification to establish the person’s specific current address.
ELECTRONIC VERSIONS OF VOTER IDENTIFICATION ARE ACCEPTABLE
If you do not have identification that contains your current address and you have a property owner, download the Statement of Voucher form and have your property owner complete it.
If you do not have identification and you live in a supportive living facility or treatment centre, download the Statement of Voucher form and have it completed by the facility or treatment centre.
If you do not have identification and you live in a shelter, download the Statement of Voucher, and have it completed by the Shelter.
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