General Voting Info

6154DF01-44CD-42BE-BBB8-456F369AFB60Municipal elections can be pretty overwhelming. Citizens have the opportunity to vote for a mayor, city councillors, regional councillors, and school board representatives.

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 who votes in 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. Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • a resident of the municipality, a property owner or tenant, the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality during a specified time just before the election.

You can find the list of acceptable documents for voter identification here.

Your name must be on the voters’ list in order for you to cast a ballot.

So, 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.

Revisions to Voters’ List
Starting September 1, electors are able to view the voters’ list during regular business hours at the Office of the City Clerk (Legal and Clerks Services, 3rd floor, City Hall) and the following branches of the St. Catharines Public Library:

  • Centennial Library – 54 Church Street
  • Dr. Huq Family Library Branch – 425 Carlton Street

Between September 1 and October 24 electors can make an application to add, correct or delete information contained on the voters’ list by visiting the Office of the City Clerk. For most voters it will be more convenient to update their information at the poll when they go to vote – they will need to bring valid identification and will complete the required form prior to receiving a ballot.

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
  • French Catholic School Board Trustee – 1 to be elected
  • French Public School Board Trustee – 1 to be elected

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.

Speaking of exercising your right to vote, did you know you can also vote by proxy?

Any person whose name is on the voters’ list, or who has been added by revision to the voters’ list, may appoint another qualified voter to vote on their behalf. A person wishing to appoint a proxy voter must do so on the prescribed form (available here, from the Clerk’s division, or on the City’s website) and bring the form to the Clerk’s division.

A voting proxy may not act as a proxy for more than one person except when the person voting by proxy is the parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother, sister, or spouse of the voting proxy. A voting proxy may act for one other person or the specified family members, but not both.

The person being appointed as proxy must attend the City’s Clerk’s offices to swear or affirm a statutory declaration (identification is required). The voting proxy form is not valid unless it has been signed by the Clerk or their designate.

For the purpose of certifying appointments to vote by proxy, the Clerk’s division will be available at the following times:

  • Weekdays – beginning Aug. 22, 2022 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • On advance vote days held on a weekend, the Clerk will delegate authority to the elections staff at the advance polls.

Proxy forms will be available after Aug. 22, 2022, up to and including election day, Oct. 24, 2022.

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 24, 2022). Further down on this page, you’ll find a list of Advance Polling Stations, in case you aren’t able to vote on October 24.

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
St. Peter Catholic Elementary School, 7 Aberdeen Circle
St. Julia Catholic Church, 251 Glenridge Avenue
DSBN Academy, 130 Louth Street
Power Glen Public School, 34 Westland Street

WARD 3 – St. George’s
St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatic Centre, 425 Carlton Street
E.I. McCulley Public School, 16 Berkley Drive
Dunlop Drive Centre for Older Adults, 80 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
The Fairview Mall, 285 Geneva Street
Market Square, 91 King Street

WARD 5 – Grantham
Grantham Lions Club, 732 Niagara Street
Scott Street Church, 339 Scott Street
St. Katharine Greek Orthodox Church, 585 Niagara Street
Club La Salle, 111 Arthur 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 24, 2022? 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 11 to October 21, 2022 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

Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatic Centre, 425 Carlton Street

Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Armenian Community Centre, 156 Martindale Road

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Avenue

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grantham Optimist Club, 188 Linwell Road

Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Church of the Transfiguration, 320 Glenridge Avenue

Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Grantham Lions Club, 732 Niagara Street