Information for voters

Who can vote?

In order to be eligible to vote, you must meet the Qualifications of Electors as listed in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, s.17(2)

A person is entitled to be an elector at an election held in a local municipality if, on voting day, he or she,

  • resides in the local municipality or is the owner or tenant of land there, or is the spouse of such owner or tenant;
  • is a Canadian citizen;
  • is at least 18 years old; and
  • is not prohibited from voting under subsection (3) or otherwise by law.

All you need to do is show up to vote on Election Day at your designated poll with identification.

Student voting

Students are allowed to vote in both their home municipality and the municipality where they are attending school.

Bringing identification (ID) to vote

Identification is required when you vote. You will need to show ID which contains your name and address. You may have to show two pieces of ID to accomplish this.

Please bring an original, or certified/notarized copy, of any of the following documents:

  • Ontario driver’s licence
  • Ontario Health Card (photo card)
  • Ontario Photo Card
  • Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
  • cancelled personalized cheque
  • mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
  • insurance policy or insurance statement
  • loan agreement or other financial agreement with a financial institution
  • document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
  • any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency or such a government
  • any document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)
  • income tax assessment notice
  • child tax benefit statement
  • statement of employment insurance benefits paid T4E
  • statement of old age security T4A (OAS)
  • statement of Canada Pension Plan benefits T4A (P)
  • Canada Pension Plan statement of contributions
  • statement of direct deposit for Ontario Works
  • statement of direct deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board statement of benefits T5007
  • property tax assessment
  • credit card statement, bank account statement, or RRSP, RRIF, RHOSP or T5 statement
  • CNIB Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities
  • hospital card or record
  • document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
  • document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home
  • utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable TV or a bill from a public utilities commission
  • cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
  • transcript or report card from a post-secondary school
Municipal election compliance audit

A compliance audit is an audit of a candidate’s or registered third party's election campaign finances and their compliance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.

2018 Municipal Election compliance audit committee meetings and minutes






April 25,  2019

10:30 a.m.

2nd Floor, City Hall, Committee Room #4

May 3, 2019

2:00 p.m.

2nd Floor, City Hall, Committee Room #5

May 17,  2019

9:00 a.m.

2nd Floor, City Hall, Committee Room #5

June 27, 2019

1:00 p.m.

2nd Floor, City Hall,  Committee Room #3

July 26, 2019

10:00 a.m.

2nd Floor, City Hall, Committee Room #5

October 23, 2020

2:00 p.m. 2nd Floor, City Hall, Committee Room #5


March 5, 2021

1:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting (held during the COVID-19 emergency)




What is a municipal compliance audit committee?

Section 88.37 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (Act) requires all municipalities and local boards to establish a compliance audit committee. In accordance with the Act, the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee is composed of no less than 3 and not more than 7 members.

The role of a Compliance Audit Committee is to review and consider compliance audit applications received from an eligible elector who believes that a candidate or registered third party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 relating to election campaign finances.

The Compliance Audit Committee is also responsible for reviewing reports submitted by the City Clerk that identify each contributor who appears to have contravened any of the contribution limits to a candidate’s or to a registered third party’s campaign.

The Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee shall have the authority to:

  • consider a compliance audit application received from an eligible elector and decide whether it should be granted or rejected;
  • appoint an auditor to conduct a compliance audit, if the application is granted;
  • receive the auditor’s report; and,
  • commence legal proceedings against the candidate or registered third party, if the report concludes that the candidate or registered third party appears to have contravened a provision of the Act relating to election campaign finances.
Applying for a compliance audit

An elector who is entitled to vote in an election and believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or registered third party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 relating to election campaign finances may apply for a compliance audit.

The Application for a Compliance Audit Request listed below must be completed and sworn in front of a commissioner and addressed to the City Clerk. It must also include the reasons for the elector’s belief that the candidate or registered third party has contravened the Act. The application must be made within 90 days after the applicable filing deadline.

Applications for a compliance audit on a preliminary financial filing can be made after 2 pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.

*There is no fee associated with the application process*

An eligible elector can have the application sworn before a commissioner of oaths at the City Clerk’s Office when they file the application with the City Clerk:

City Clerk’s Office 3rd Floor of City Hall 300 Dufferin Ave London ON N6A 4L9 519 661-4535 Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

What happens next?

Within 10 days after receiving the application, the City Clerk will forward the application to the compliance audit committee for consideration.

Within 30 days after receiving the application, the committee will consider the application and decide whether it should be granted or rejected. The decision of the committee may be appealed to the Ontario Court of Justice within 15 days after the decision is made and the court may make any decision the committee could have made.



Accessible voting

If you find voting using a paper ballot difficult, you can bring a friend or a relative to assist you with marking the ballot.  When you arrive at the poll, be sure to tell the greeter you have someone assisting you.  Your friend/relative will need to take an oath affirming they will mark the ballot according to your instructions, and they can then proceed with you through the polling station and behind the voter's screen where the ballot is marked.

For anyone requesting interpreters or curbside voting or requiring other accessible options, please email or call 519-661-4535 as early as possible in order for us to have time to make arrangements.


Last modified:Wednesday, March 10, 2021