Information for Voters

When is the next municipal election?

Elections for municipal governments in Ontario are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October. Voting day for the next City of Thunder Bay municipal election is October 24, 2022. 

Who can vote?

You are eligible to vote if on Voting Day, October 24 you are:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old
  • a resident of Thunder Bay, or the owner or tenant of land in Thunder Bay, or the spouse of
    such a person
  • not prohibited from voting 

Student voting

Canadian students who are from outside Thunder Bay, but living in Thunder Bay while attending school are allowed to vote in both their home municipality and Thunder Bay.

Who am I voting for?

The following positions will be elected in 2022:

  • Mayor - 1 to be elected
  • At Large Councillors - 5 to be elected
  • Ward Councillors - 7 to be elected, one for each ward
  • School Board Trustees - see more information below

Depending on your school support, you will elect trustees for one of the following school boards:

  • Lakehead District School Board - 8 trustees to be elected
  • Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board - 6 trustees to be elected
  • Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario - 1 trustee to be elected
  • Conseil scolaire de district catholique des Aurores boréales - 5 trustees to be elected

Appointing a voting proxy

If you are unable to vote for any reason you may appoint a proxy, someone to go to a poll and cast a ballot on your behalf. The following rules apply to voting proxies:

  • You may appoint only one person to be your voting proxy.
  • A person may act as a voting proxy for only one person who is not a family member.
  • One person may act as a voting proxy for any or all of their immediate family members, including spouse, sibling, parent, child, grandparent or grandchild.
  • A person cannot be appointed as a voting proxy for a non-family member and a family member at the same time.

To appoint a voting proxy, you must fill out two copies of the Appointment for Voting Proxy Form - Form 3
and give both copies to the person that you are appointing as your proxy.

The person you appoint must be eligible to vote in Thunder Bay, and should be someone you trust to mark the ballot in the way you have instructed them to.  

You can appoint a proxy after August 22, 2022 when nominations have been certified the City Clerk.

Your voting proxy must take both copies of Form 3 to the Office of the City Clerk at City Hall, 500 Donald Street East to get them certified. Once the forms have been certified, your voting proxy may cast a vote on your behalf at an advance poll, drive-thru voting or on voting day.

Voting is not only our right, it is our power.
Loung Ung
Cambodian-American human-rights activist

Where can I find more information about voting?

Below is a link to Province of Ontario's guide for voters in the 2022 municipal and school board elections. 

2022 Voters’ Guide - Ontario municipal council and school board elections

City of Thunder Bay
Office of the City Clerk
500 Donald St. E., 3rd Floor
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5V3
Phone: (807) 625-2230

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