VoteOshawa: "Your Vote is Your Voice"

Electors will cast their votes on Monday, October 22, 2018 to elect the representatives who will shape the City of Oshawa over the next four years in the municipal and school board elections.

Oshawa Municipal and School Board Elections

The City of Oshawa is divided into five wards for election purposes. A ward is a defined area which is used to elect representatives to Council. On Voting Day, voters will elect:

  • One candidate for Regional Chair, who is the head of Council of the Region of Durham and will be elected region-wide;
  • One candidate for Mayor, who will be elected city-wide;
  • One candidate for Regional and City Councillor, who will be elected from their ward; and,
  • One candidate for City Councillor, who will be elected from their ward.

The number of offices for the office of School Board Trustee/ Conseiller(ère) varies between each board. For:

  • Durham District School Board, electors will cast their ballot for up to three Trustees;
  • Durham Catholic District School Board, electors will cast their ballot for up to two Trustees;
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde, electors will cast their ballot for one Conseiller(ère); and,
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, electors will cast their ballot for one Conseiller(ère).

Not sure what ward you live in or who is running for election? The What’s my Ward and Candidates web pages on www.voteoshawa.ca will provide you with that information and more.

Electors will cast their votes on Monday, October 22, 2018 to elect the representatives who will shape the City of Oshawa over the next four years in the municipal and school board elections.

Oshawa Municipal and School Board Elections

The City of Oshawa is divided into five wards for election purposes. A ward is a defined area which is used to elect representatives to Council. On Voting Day, voters will elect:

  • One candidate for Regional Chair, who is the head of Council of the Region of Durham and will be elected region-wide;
  • One candidate for Mayor, who will be elected city-wide;
  • One candidate for Regional and City Councillor, who will be elected from their ward; and,
  • One candidate for City Councillor, who will be elected from their ward.

The number of offices for the office of School Board Trustee/ Conseiller(ère) varies between each board. For:

  • Durham District School Board, electors will cast their ballot for up to three Trustees;
  • Durham Catholic District School Board, electors will cast their ballot for up to two Trustees;
  • Conseil scolaire Viamonde, electors will cast their ballot for one Conseiller(ère); and,
  • Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, electors will cast their ballot for one Conseiller(ère).

Not sure what ward you live in or who is running for election? The What’s my Ward and Candidates web pages on www.voteoshawa.ca will provide you with that information and more.

Community members are invited to submit questions regarding the municipal election process here on Connect Oshawa. We'll get back to you within two business days.

Question & Answer

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  • can we or can we not vote online? I know that Peterborough residents have this service. Thank you in advance for your answer Shirley Adams

    shirley asked 2 months ago

    Hi shirley, thank you for your question. Oshawa residents cannot vote online this election. That being said, after you cast your ballot you are encouraged to complete an exit survey where we ask questions regarding how likely you would be to vote online in the future. The survey can be completed on paper or online here on Connect Oshawa.


  • I have not received my voting card. I live with my parents who have received it. I have a an an Ontario government identity card with photo and address (same as parents address). What should I do to vote. Thx

    Ronnie El-Hajjeh asked 2 months ago

    Hello Ronnie, thank you for your question. Not to worry! Electors are not required to present a voter notification card to cast their vote. We encourage you to add you information to the Voters’ List online at https://www.oshawa.ca/city-hall/voter-look-up.asp. Following your registration, you will receive an email confirming that you have been added to the Voters’ List. On the day you choose to vote (advance voting or Voting Day), please bring your Ontario identity card that lists your name and qualifying address. If you live at the same address as your parents, you will vote at the same location. Thank you!


  • Can seniors vote in School Board elections

    Thomas Wall asked 3 months ago

    Yes, provided they are also:

    • a Canadian citizen; and,
    • an owner or tenant of residential property in the City of Oshawa; or
    • a spouse of a resident, owner or tenant of residential property in the City of Oshawa; and
    • not prohibited from voting under any law.


  • How do I vote?

    5 months ago

    You need to be on, or add yourself to the Voters’ List to vote. Check to see if you're on the Voters' List at www.voteoshawa.ca.

  • When is Voting Day?

    5 months ago

    Monday, October 22, 2018 is Voting Day in Oshawa. Voting places will open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

    Alternative voting hours will be set up in long term care facilities and retirement homes for those residents.

  • I am not available on Monday, October 22 to vote. What options to I have?

    5 months ago

    There’s no need to wait! If you’re ready, you can cast your vote at one of the Advance Voting Opportunities:

    Friday, October 5

    • Campus Ice Centre, 2200 Simcoe St. N., 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 6

    • Legends Centre, 1661 Harmony Rd. N., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • South Oshawa Community Centre, 1455 Cedar St., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Sunday, October 7

    • Civic Recreation Complex, 99 Thornton Rd. S., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Donevan Recreation Complex, 171 Harmony Rd. S. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Friday, October 12

    • Donevan Recreation Complex, 171 Harmony Rd. S., 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 13

    • Civic Recreation Complex, 99 Thornton Rd. S., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • City Hall, 50 Centre St. S., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Sunday, October 14

    • Legends Centre, 1661 Harmony Rd. N., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • South Oshawa Community Centre, 1455 Cedar St., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    If you are unable to attend one of the Advance Voting Opportunities for any reason, you may also appoint another elector to vote for you by proxy. Proxy appointment forms can be requested through City Clerk Services. For more information, contact clerks@oshawa.ca or 905-436-5639.

  • Am I eligible to vote?

    5 months ago

    In order to vote on Voting Day you must be, as of October 22, 2018:

    • a Canadian citizen; and
    • at least 18 years of age; and
    • an owner or tenant of land in the City of Oshawa; or
    • a spouse of a resident, owner, or tenant of land in the City of Oshawa; and
    • not prohibited from voting under any law.

    A person who is eligible to vote is referred to as an elector.

  • I can’t find my voter identification card. Can I still vote?

    5 months ago

    Yes! The card is not required to vote.  When attending at a Voting Place, each elector is required to supply identification verifying their identity and entitlement to vote.  Electors need to provide 1 piece of identification containing their name and qualifying address, which is included in the list below:

    • An Ontario driver's licence
    • An Ontario Health Card (photo card)
    • An Ontario Photo Card
    • An Ontario motor vehicle permit (vehicle portion)
    • A cancelled personalized cheque
    • A mortgage statement, lease or rental agreement relating to property in Ontario
    • An insurance policy or insurance statement
    • A loan agreement or financial agreement with a financial institution
    • A document issued or certified by a court in Ontario
    • Any other document from the government of Canada, Ontario or municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government
    • A document from a Band Council in Ontario established under the Indian Act (Canada)
    • An income tax assessment notice
    • A Child Tax Benefit Statement
    • A Statement of Employment Insurance Benefits Paid T4E
    • A Statement of Old Age Security T4A (O.A.S.)
    • A Statement of Canada Pension Plan Benefits T4A (P)
    • A Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions
    • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Works
    • A Statement of Direct Deposit for Ontario Disability Support Program
    • A Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Statement of Benefits T5007
    • A property tax assessment
    • A credit card statement, bank account statement, or R.R.S.P., R.R.I.F., R.H.O.S.P. or T5 statement
    • A C.N.I.B. Card or a card from another registered charitable organization that provides services to persons with disabilities
    • A hospital card or record
    • A document showing campus residence, issued by the office or officials responsible for student residence at a post-secondary institution
    • A document showing residence at a long-term care home under the Long-Term Care Home Act, 2007, issued by the Administrator for the home
    • A utility bill for hydro, water, gas, telephone or cable T.V. or a bill from a public utilities commission
    • A cheque stub, T4 statement or pay receipt issued by an employer
    • A transcript or report card from a post-secondary school

    If an elector is on the Voters’ List but does not have their required identification, they will be required to complete a Declaration of Identity at the Voting Place.

  • What support is available for electors with disabilities?

    5 months ago

    1. Each Voting Place is accessible to electors using accessibility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes.
    2. A support person, family member, interpreter, friend or the Voting Place Supervisor may assist an elector with completing their ballot.  All election officials have taken an oath of secrecy.
    3. Accessible voting technology will be available at each Advance Voting Opportunity and at City Hall on Voting Day.  The technology allows electors with disabilities to vote privately and independently.  For more information, contact clerks@oshawa.ca or 905-436-5639.

  • I understand the City is returning to wards. What is a ward?

    5 months ago

    A ward is a defined geographic area within the City which is used to elect representatives to Council. Starting with the 2018 municipal election, the City of Oshawa will have five (5) wards, each of which will be represented by one City Councillor and one City and Regional Councillor.  Additionally, all residents are represented by the Mayor who will be elected at-large (City-wide).  If qualified, an elector will also vote at-large (City-wide) for an applicable school board trustee.  The Regional Chair who is the head of Council of the Region of Durham will also be elected at-large across Durham Region.

  • Why did Oshawa move to a ward system?

    5 months ago

    In the 2014 municipal election, a ballot question asked voters if they were in favour of electing Council Members by ward.  72% of voters responded in favour of a ward system of representation.

    In December, 2014 Council initiated the process to divide the City into wards.

  • How were the new ward boundaries determined?

    5 months ago

    In 2017, expert consultants were retained by the City of Oshawa to undertake a ward boundary review. The consultants conducted two rounds of public consultation before releasing the final recommendations report which was presented to Council on June 15, 2017. 

    Following community input, Council selected the following ward boundary layout, which received majority support from residents who participated in the public consultation process:

    • Rural Oshawa, the community of Taunton and emerging urban growth areas in Kedron and Columbus are represented Ward 1, which is bound, by Highway 407, Ritson Road and Taunton Road to the south.
    • Ward 2 extends from Highway 407 to Rossland Road west of Ritson Road and includes the communities of Windfields, Northwood, Samac, Northglen and the majority of Centennial.
    • Ward 3 extends from Taunton Road to Olive Avenue east of Ritson Road and Wilson Road and includes the communities of Pinecrest, Eastdale and the northern portion of Donevan.
    • The communities of McLaughlin and O'Neill, northern portions of Vanier and Central as well as Downtown Oshawa are included in Proposed Ward 4, which extends north-south from Rossland Road to Gibb Street/Olive Avenue west of Wilson Road.
    • Ward 5 extends south from Gibb Street and Olive Avenue.

    The approved ward boundaries anticipate balanced population by 2026.

  • Will you be hiring election staff?

    5 months ago

    Yes! The City of Oshawa recruits individuals for employment on Voting Day for the following positions:

    • Greeter
    • Revision Clerk
    • Deputy Returning Officer
    • Technical Deputy Returning Officer
    • Voting Place Supervisor

    Get the details.