Get Engaged! Election Season is here.

UofT Votes

Save the date! On the third Monday of October (four calendar years following the last general election) Canada holds a federal election. This year, the election will be held on Monday October 21st.

Often, elections focus on party leaders; who will be our Prime Minister and lead our country for the next four years? But it is also important to focus on the party platforms themselves and what that means for you not only on a federal level, but also on a global and local level too. How does the outcome of the election affect you in your community? What are the issues that are important to you and what you value?

A great place to start is to learn about your electoral district and the candidates that are running in your riding! You can do this by visiting the Elections Canada website. Once you know who you can vote for, you can look up your candidates on the respective party websites and learn about local issues that are important to them. How do the parties and candidates align with your vision of what you feel like Canada and your community should value?

Are there issues in your community that are important to you? Ask your candidates about them! When volunteers are going door to door to canvas for one of the parties, talk to them! Learn, read, ask, and repeat. If you missed the debate on Monday October 7th, you can watch it here.

If you don’t think your vote matters, check this out –  the demographic made of 18-38 year olds could totally decide this election. So, what are the issues that are important to you and your future?

Can’t vote in this election because you are not of age or are not a Canadian citizen (or do you simply feel like you could be doing more to be involved in shaping your community?) Remember, we vote every day through the choices we make; from the food we eat, to the brands we support, to the time we spend volunteering on the issues that are important to us. Community involvement is a great place to place to start and the Centre for Student Engagement is a great place to learn about how you can volunteer and make a meaningful impact in your community.

And if you are planning on voting, UTMSU has you covered! You can vote in the student centre advanced polling starting this week:

"Advance Poll Timings:

  • Saturday, Oct. 5th: 9 a.m.—6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 6th: 12 p.m.—4 p.m.
  • Monday Oct. 7th: 10 a.m.—10:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8th: 10 a.m.—10:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9th: 10 a.m.—10:30 p.m

Regular voting will be happening on October 21, the day of the election. 

All you need to bring is your government ID OR your T-Card along with a utility bill confirming your address.” (Habon Ali, VP Equity UTMSU)