Students and Teachers
Resources for students and teachers to learn more about the election process.
Are you a Student or a Teacher?
I'm 18—Can I vote?
If you are 18 years or older on election day, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario, you can vote in a provincial election.
During an election, you may find yourself living away from your family's home. You may wish to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you temporarily live while attending college or university or you may want to vote for a candidate in the electoral district where you live while not attending school.
You are given the opportunity to decide which residence you consider to be your principal residence. Regardless of which residential address you choose, all voting options, including voting by Special ballot are available to you.
If you are a student who has a physical disability and cannot go to the returning office, advance poll or election day to vote, you may request a home visit. Contact Elections Ontario:
- Toll free in Canada and USA: 1.855.523.5932
- Collect calls from anywhere in the world: 416.649.1046
- Or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mail, e-mail or fax an application to you.
- TTY (Canada & USA): 1.888.292.2312
- Toll free fax (Canada and the United States): 1.888.483.4448
- Fax: 416.212.8723
Under 18—Can I participate?
If you turn 18 on election day and are a Canadian citizen and resident of Ontario, you can vote in a provincial election.
If you are not 18 yet and will not be 18 on election day, there are many ways to get involved in the electoral process. You can inform yourself on the candidates and political parties. Ask your teacher about the issues facing your electoral district. If you are 16 years or older, you can work in a voting location.
In fall 2011 Elections Ontario made available a program to support civics and introduce students to the voting process.
Voting Rules! Classroom Education Program
Elections Ontario and Elections Canada worked together to produce a new set of curriculum-based toolkits called Voting Rules!
Created for teachers of Grade 5 social studies and Grade 10 civics in Ontario, the toolkits provide clear, accurate information on voting and the electoral process. The module-based programs feature dialogue-driven lesson plans, engaging activities, tests and rubrics.
Voting Rules! is not available for distribution at the moment. Please leave your name and contact information and we will advise you when our classroom resource materials are available for distribution. Thank you for your interest. email@example.com