General Voting Info

Municipal elections can be pretty overwhelming. Citizens have the opportunity to vote for a mayor, city councillors, regional councillors, school board representatives, and for the first time in Niagara – a regional chair.

It’s a lot of information to gather and scrutinize before making decisions at the voting booth. And where even are the voting booths (polling stations) and how do you know if you’re on the voters’ list?

Hopefully, the following will clarify much of the general voting information that would apply to anyone in the City of St. Catharines.

Certainly, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Laura at laura@lauraip.ca and she will try to get you the correct information as quickly as possible. Also, watch this page for updates.

First things first. Are you on the voters’ list? Go to VoterLookup.ca to find out. When you enter St. Catharines, enter it as St Catharines (no period after the St), otherwise the program won’t recognize the city you’ve entered.

Now, in the city of St. Catharines, here are the numbers of candidates for whom you can vote:

Number of Electors Per Office in St. Catharines

  • Mayor – 1 to be elected
  • City Council – 2 to be elected per ward
  • Regional Council – 6 to be elected at large across the city
  • Public School Board Trustee – 4 to be elected
  • Separate School Board Trustee – 3 to be elected
    — 2 to be elected from St. Catharines at large
    — 1 to be elected from Merritton Ward and Thorold

This doesn’t mean you have to vote for six regional councillors, for instance. If there are six people in whom you have confidence, then absolutely vote for those six people. If, on the other hand, you’ve only had an opportunity to meet or learn about three candidates, and you only believe in two of them, then only vote for two of them.

Exercising your right to vote is extremely important. However, it is even more important to ensure you know who and what you are voting for. If the idea of voting for up to 14 people (depending on which school board you support) is daunting or you haven’t had the chance to get to know the views and platforms of all of the candidates for each office, then just vote for the ones in whom you are confident.

Not sure which ward you’re in? Here’s a ward map, so that you can find your street and know where to vote. This is a list of polling stations by ward on Election Day (Monday, October 22, 2018). Further down on this page, you’ll find a list of Advance Polling Stations, in case you aren’t able to vote on October 22.

WARD 1 – Merritton
Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue
Burleigh Hill Public School, 15 Burleigh Hill Drive
Jeanne Sauvé French Immersion, 91 Bunting Road
St. Barnabas Church, 33 Queenston Street

WARD 2 – St. Andrew’s
Mountainview United Church, 150 Glendale Avenue
St. Julia’s Church, 251 Glenridge Avenue
Seymour-Hannah Sports & Entertainment Complex,
240 St. Paul Street West 2-3 Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Road

WARD 3 – St. George’s
St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatic Centre, 425 Carlton Street
E.I. McCulley Public School, 16 Berkley Drive
Grace Anglican Church, 238 Geneva Street (enter from Dunlop Drive)
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, 502 Scott Street

WARD 4 – St. Patrick’s
Armenian Community Centre, 156 Martindale Road
Russell Community Centre, 108 Russell Avenue
Best Western Hotel, 2 North Service Road (Lake Street at QEW)
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common (off McGuire Street)

WARD 5 – Grantham
Grantham Lions Club, 732 Niagara Street
Our Lady of Fatima Separate School, 439 Vine Street
Holy Cross Secondary School, 460 Linwell Road
Port Weller Community Centre, 1 Bogart Street

WARD 6 – Port Dalhousie
St. John Ukrainian Church, 91 Lakeshore Road
Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 1230 Old Martindale Road (at Third Street Louth)
Grantham Optimist Club, 188 Linwell Road
Port Dalhousie Lions Club, 201 Main Street

Out of town on Monday, October 22? Want to get your ballot in earlier than Election Day? Here’s a list of Advance Polling dates and locations. You can vote at any of these polling stations, regardless of which ward you live in.

Monday to Friday, October 1 to October 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
City Hall – Atrium – 3rd Floor, 50 Church Street – this is a fully accessible voting location, including audio voting

Wednesday, October 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Brock University, Guernsey Market, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way

Thursday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grantham Optimist Club, 188 Linwell Road

Thursday, October 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Mountainview United Church, 150 Glendale Avenue

Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatic Centre, 425 Carlton Street

Tuesday, October 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Armenian Community Centre, 156 Martindale Road

Thursday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grantham Lions Club, 732 Niagara Street

Saturday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lock 3 Museum/St. Catharines Museum, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway

*Note: The direct election of the Regional Chair was cancelled a few hours before the nomination deadline in July. Niagara will (for now) continue to have their Chair selected by the 32 people who are elected to Regional Council.