Who can vote in the Election

Logo for the October 22, 2018 election

You can vote in the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • a resident in the City of Niagara Falls; or
  • a non-resident of Niagara Falls, but you or your spouse own or rent property in the City; and
  • not prohibited from voting under any law

You may only vote once in the City of Niagara Falls Municipal Election regardless of how many properties you own or rent within the City.  

Information for Students:

  • If you are a student and consider your "home" to be the place where you live when you are not attending school, which means you plan on returning there, then you are eligible to vote in both your "home" municipality and in the municipality where you currently live while attending school.
  • If you are a student attending school in another city, please check with the City Clerk of that municipality to find out what your voting options are.
  • As a student and a resident of the City of Niagara Falls, if you are unable to vote in the 2018 City of Niagara Falls Municipal and School Board Election, you may appoint another elector as Proxy to vote on your behalf.

Who Can Not Vote

You are prohibited from voting on voting day if you are:

  • serving a sentence of imprisonment in a penal or correctional institution
  • a corporation
  • acting as executor or trustee or in another representative capacity, except as a voting proxy
  • convicted of a corrup practice described in section 90 (3) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Who Can Vote in the School Board Election

In order to vote in a school board election for a school board trustee, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older; and
  • a Canadian citizen
  • a resident of municipality; or 
  • the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) or residential property in a municipality.

Notes:

  • School boards can cover a large area of a municipality
  • You are only allowed to vote for the same school board once
  • If you are eligible to vote in a municipality because you are the owner or tenant (or spouse of an owner or tenant) of a commercial property there, you are not eligible to vote for school trustee.

School Boards:

There are four different kinds of school boards in Ontario:

  • English Language Public School Board:  This is the default - unless you are qualified to vote for separate or French board, you will vote for English Public School Board in your area.
  • English Language Separate School Board:  You must be Roman Catholic and you must be a separate school board supporter or the spouse of a separate school board supporter.  If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.
  • French Language Public School Board:  You must be a French language rights holder, and you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French Language Public School Board.
  • French Language Separate School Board:  You must be a Roman Catholic and a French language rights holder, and  you must be a supporter (or the spouse of a supporter) of the French Separate School Board. If your spouse is a Roman Catholic and you are not, you are not eligible.

"Supporter" refers to which school board the school portion of your property taxes goes to.  The default is the public school system.  In order to be a separate school supporter, you must direct your taxes to the separate school system.  Contact Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) at 1-866-296-6722 for more information.