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Election night highlights

10:52 p.m. ET

Del Duca steps down as Ontario Liberal Leader

Steven Del Duca has resigned as leader of Ontario’s Liberals after his party’s third-place finish in the election.

The Liberals failed to secure official party status once again, and Del Duca was unable to win in his own riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge.

Del Duca says the party will be moving forward with a new leader.

The Liberals suffered a historic loss in 2018, securing just seven seats in the legislature, and were looking to rebuild in this election.

But they trailed far behind the Progressive Conservatives who secured a second majority, and the NDP who regained official Opposition status.

Del Duca says he’s sure the Liberal candidates who have been elected to Queen’s Park will serve their constituents well.

- The Canadian press

Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca thanks his supporters after the Conservatives won the provincial election, on June 2, 2022.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

10:41 p.m. ET

Horwath steps down as Ontario NDP Leader

Hamilton—Andrea Horwath choked up as she thanked her family and friends, before announcing to the cheering crowd that she will be stepping aside as leader of the Ontario New Democrats.

”My commitment to you is never going to waver. I’m going to keep working to earn your confidence, each and every day,” she said.”But tonight, it’s time for me to pass the torch…because our team is so strong right now,” she said.

”I’m not shedding tears of sadness. I’m shedding tears of pride -- look at all of you, look at what we’ve done together,” she said, as the crowd cheered.

The New Democrats were winning or leading in 29 seats, which meant another term as official opposition in the legislature.

”Our party is stronger and more ready to govern than ever before,” she said. “We didn’t get there this time, but just know that we will continue to be the powerful champions people need us to be in order to fight Doug Ford’s cuts.”

- Molly Hayes

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announces her resignation as party leader during her campaign event in Hamilton, Ont., Thursday, June 2, 2022.Tara Walton/The Canadian Press

10:31 p.m. ET

Liberals fail to secure party status

Ontario’s Liberals have come third in the provincial election and have once again failed to secure official party status in the legislature.

The party that suffered a historic loss in 2018 failed to make significant gains in this election, trailing far behind the Progressive Conservatives who secured a second majority, and the NDP who regained official Opposition status.

Del Duca was elected party leader days before the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

- The Canadian press

10:25 p.m. ET

Ford makes victory speech

Etobicoke—Ontario Premier Doug Ford proclaimed “a new approach to politics” in his re-election speech, promising voters would see the development of industry in Ontario.

”We’re building that road to the ring of fire!” Mr. Ford said. “If you’re a miner or a developer, I want you to know we’re building that road and rail line. If you’re a student who wants to work in the tech sector, we will have a job waiting for you.”

He thanked the other party leaders, saying that though they had different ideas, they shared a desire to see the province succeed.

”Now more than ever, we need unity,” he said. “Whether you work on the assembly line and have voted NDP for your life, or cast your vote for the federal Liberals, as long as I’m here there is room for you in this party.”

– Irene Galea

Ontario PC Party Leader Doug Ford and wife Karla look on after being re-elected as the Premier of Ontario, in Toronto, Thursday, June 2, 2022.Nathan Denette/CP

10:24 p.m. ET

Independent candidate wins Haldimand-Norfolk

Independent candidate Bobbi Ann Brady has won the southwestern Ontario riding of Haldimand-Norfolk.

Ms. Brady used to be executive assistant to the riding’s former MPP, Toby Barrett, who was a Progressive Conservative.

However, Ms. Brady was passed over as PC candidate for the riding in favour of Haldimand County Mayor Ken Hewitt.An independent candidate has not won a seat in an Ontario election in modern history.

- Chris Hannay

10:20 p.m. ET

NDP to form Official Opposition

The New Democrats will serve as the Official Opposition for a second term.

The NDP have been elected or are leading in 27 ridings.

Horwath did not commit during the campaign to continuing to lead the party if the New Democrats didn’t form government and observers expect her to step down.

– The Canadian Press

9:55 p.m. ET

Supporters wait for Del Duca to speak

Vaughan—A modest group of roughly 40 supporters waited for Steven Del Duca to make his concession speech at the Liberal party headquarters in Vaughan late Thursday night. Around 200 supporters had been expected to attend at the medium-sized conference hall in the Paramount Events Centre.

Throughout the night, the Liberal party headquarters appeared barren and quiet.

Even the pop music playing softly in the background did not seem to ease the worries for Liberal supporters. as broadcast networks projected a loss for Mr. Del Duca in his own riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge to Progressive Conservative incumbent MPP Michael Tibollo.

Several Liberal supporters in attendance at the Vaughan event told The Globe they’re worried about the party’s future.

– Temur Durrani

Greens fail to win Parry Sound-Muskoka

Ontario Greens come up short in Parry Sound-Muskoka despite vigorous campaigning,

The Ontario Green Party has failed to capture the riding they saw as their best hope at winning a second seat.

Leader Mike Schreiner has retained his Guelph riding while the Progressive Conservatives retook Parry Sound-Muskoka.

Polling suggested the Greens and the PCs were in a tight race in the central Ontario riding but Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith ultimately took the riding for the Tories.

Schreiner visited Parry Sound-Muskoka a number of times over the course of the campaign.

Schreiner became his party’s first and only representative after being elected to the Guelph riding of the Ontario legislature in 2018.

– The Canadian Press

9:53 p.m. ET

Ex-police chief Mark Saunders defeated by Stephanie Bowman

Former Toronto police chief Mark Saunders has lost his bid for a north Toronto riding under the Progressive Conservative banner.

Saunders led the Toronto Police Services from 2015 to 2020 before entering politics.

He was running in Don Valley West, the former riding of former premier Kathleen Wynne, who was not seeking re-election.

Stephanie Bowman was projected to win and retain the seat for the Liberals.

– Chris Hannay

9:38 p.m. ET

Election night in Andrea Horwath’s Hamilton riding

Hamilton—People began trickling into Andrea Horwath’s election-night headquarters at the Hamilton Convention Centre just as the polls closed at 9 p.m. ET.

Victoria Shymlosky, a retired public school teacher in Hamilton, cheered as part of a small but vocal crowd as TV reports declared the NDP would continue to serve as the official opposition, just before 9:30 p.m.

There were boos when the same reports predicted a majority win for Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives.

”He’s going to carry through with cutting health care and education, what he was doing before the pandemic,” Ms. Shymlosky said.

She’s a longtime NDP supporter and says she is also a fan of Ms. Horwath as party leader.

”I’ve always supported her. She’s always been very accessible,” she said.”I think they’re doing their best. I think they’ve got a good campaign, but it’s hard to kind of dislodge the incumbent.”

She was surprised to see some unions backing the PCs this time around, but pointed out those are largely male-dominated unions in male-dominated sectors.

”The female-dominated unions are going to suffer. Like the nurses.”

David Christopherson, who served as an NDP MP for Hamilton for many years, was out canvassing for the party in various Hamilton ridings and said people seemed fatigued this election.

”They’re life fatigued. It was hard for people to focus on the campaigns, given that there wasn’t any one particular issue,” he said, at her election night headquarters.

He praised the party for securing a second term as the opposition and dismissed questions about whether Ms. Horwath but leave as party leader.

”The party is solidly behind her,” Mr. Christopherson said. “I really think at this time it’s hers to decide,” he said. “I think if she wants to stay, that’s hers. And if she decides to step down, it’s not because she was pushed – it’s because she decided that for her it’s time. But first time back-to-back official opposition? That’s a tough decision.”

If she does step down, he said her phone will be ringing off the hook with requests for her to run for mayor in Hamilton this fall.

– Molly Hayes

9:32 p.m. ET

Andrea Horwath wins Hamilton riding

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has won re-election in Hamilton Centre, a seat she has held since 2004.

Horwath has been Leader of the Official Opposition since 2018, and her party is expected to once again finish with the second-most seats in the legislature.

This is the fourth election Horwath has contest as leader of the province’s New Democrats.

Horwath has not committed to continuing to lead the party if the New Democrats don’t form government.

– Chris Hannay

People cheer as election results come in at the Ontario PC election night party at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke on June 2.CARLOS OSORIO/Reuters

9:32 p.m. ET

PC supporters celebrate Ford’s re-election

Etobicoke—Progressive Conservative supporters cheered Doug Ford’s name at the party’s election headquarters as news of a projected majority rolled across the screen.

Until this point, the night had been a modest celebration. While it’s not the riotous event that took place in 2018 when Ford first won office, the line at the cash bar is growing as staffers and voters celebrate.

PC press secretary Alexandra Adamo said Ford would not answer questions after his speech tonight, but would hold a news conference in the morning.The crowd of supporters has swelled over the last 20 minutes, though still a group of about a hundred. A momentary hush fell over the group as screens flanking the stage lit up with news the polls closed at 9 p.m. ET.

– Irene Galea

9:30 p.m. ET

Steven Del Duca defeated in Vaughan-Woodbridge riding

Vaughan—Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca has been defeated in his riding in north Toronto.

Del Duca had won two back-to-back votes in Vaughan in 2012 and 2014 and served as a cabinet minister while the Liberals were in power.

A modest group of roughly 40 supporters waited for Steven Del Duca to make his concession speech at the Liberal party headquarters in Vaughan late Thursday night. Around 200 supporters had been expected to attend at the medium-sized conference hall in the Paramount Events Centre.

Throughout the night, the Liberal party headquarters appeared barren and quiet, unlike the jubilant attendees at events for other competing parties. The Liberals did not display any balloons or confetti.

Several Liberal supporters in attendance at the Vaughan event told The Globe they’re worried about the party’s future.

– Temur Durrani

Ontario PC Party Leader Doug Ford and his wife Karla Ford smile as the watch the provincial election results start to appear in Toronto on June 2.Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

9:30 p.m. ET

Doug Ford wins his Etobicoke North riding

Doug Ford has won his seat in the Ontario legislature.

The Progressive Conservative leader has been re-elected to represent Etobicoke North – the heart of so-called Ford Nation – at Queen’s Park for the second time. Ford was up against Aisha Jahangir for the NDP and Julie Lutete for the Liberals.

– The Canadian Press

9:20 p.m. ET

Mike Schreiner re-elected in Guelph

Green Leader Mike Schreiner has been re-elected in his Guelph riding.

He became the province’s first Green Member of Provincial Parliament in 2018, around the same time as other Green politicians made breakthroughs in British Columbia and Atlantic Canada.

Schreiner has served as leader of the Greens since 2009.

– The Canadian Press

9:16 p.m. ET

Broadcast networks call Progressive Conservative majority victory

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford has won re-election with a second majority government, broadcast networks project.

CBC News, CTV News and Global News projected the Progressive Conservative majority in the provincial election Thursday night.

The PCs won a majority government in 2018 with 76 out of 124 seats in the legislature.

Ballots are still being counted in ridings across Ontario, so the size of the PC victory remains to be seen.

9:01 p.m. ET

Most polls across Ontario now closed

Most polls have closed in Ontario and results are expected to begin trickling in soon.

The results in 19 of the 124 ridings will be delayed because of issues at some polling stations.

7:25 p.m. ET

Voting extended in 19 ridings

Some voters in 19 Ontario ridings will be able to cast their ballots late into the night Thursday – with a few polling stations staying open until 11 p.m. – due to “unavoidable delays” getting voting started in the provincial election, Elections Ontario said.

The decision means that Elections Ontario will not release any results from those 19 electoral districts until all polls have closed.

Most polls across Ontario close at 9 p.m. The voting extensions range from 10 minutes to two hours.

Most polls across Ontario close at 9 p.m. The voting extensions range from 10 minutes to two hours.Elections Ontario did little to publicize the extended voting hours at certain polling locations, only releasing the information in a news release at 7:30 p.m.”

While we endeavor to have all polls open on time, unavoidable delays may occur,” the news release said. “In such cases, Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer has the authority under subsection 40(5) of the Election Act to extend voting hours.”

The affected ridings are: Algoma-Manitoulin, Brantford-Brant, Cambridge, Don Valley West, Etobicoke Centre, Flamborough-Glanbrook, Mississauga East-Cooksville, Mississauga-Lakeshore, Oakville, Ottawa-Vanier, Parry Sound-Muskoka, Perth-Wellington, Sarnia-Lambton, Simcoe North, Thunder Bay-Atikokan, University-Rosedale, Whitby, York Centre, Kiiwetinoong.

– Jill Mahoney

Campaign volunteers place signs at the Paramount Eventspace where provincial Liberal leader Steven Del Duca will be holding an election night event on June 2, 2022.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

7:15 p.m.

Liberal supporters gather in Vaughan

Vaughan—As doors opened to the public at the Ontario Liberal headquarters in Vaughan, there were very few attendees present. Pop music played quietly.

Liberal staffers say party leader Steven Del Duca will not go on stage until at least 9:45 p.m. ET, after which he will give his election speech at a podium inside a medium-sized conference hall in the Paramount Events Centre.

“We’re expecting very late results tonight,” Andrea Ernesaks, Press Secretary for the Ontario Liberal Party told The Globe and Mail at the event.

– Temur Durrani

A person carries a sign at Doug Ford's election night party at the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke on June 2, 2022.CARLOS OSORIO/Reuters

7:15 p.m.

Progressive Conservative supporters gather in Etobicoke

Etobicoke—At the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke, party staff and members of the media have started to gather ahead of the Progressive Conservative election event. Doors open to the public at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Several police cars have been stationed in front of the building in preparation for possible protestors. PC staff seemed jovial, snapping selfies in front of the stage and chatting in groups. Bags of balloons were strapped to the ceiling and confetti cannons lay in wait.

In a call before the election event, PC strategist David Tarrant said the party was feeling confident, riding what he called a “flawlessly executed” campaign.

He said the party is feeling particularly optimistic about its performance in the 905 ridings, where commuting voters have reacted positively to Ford’s Highway 413 promises. The party is also hoping to see positive results in western and northern Ontario, where Ford’s appeal to blue-collar workers could stand to disrupt what Tarrant said were previously “conservative wastelands.”

Ford is expected to arrive after the election is called.

- Irene Galea

3:13 p.m. ET

Polling station issues resolved: Elections Ontario

People arriving at a polling station in Vaughan, Ont., which is Liberal leader Steven Del Duca’s electoral riding, are photographed on June 2, 2022.Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Elections Ontario says it has fixed a problem that saw no voter information data flowing to political parties for much of Thursday morning after polls opened.

The issue did not affect polling stations for voters, but rather the information that flows to parties to let them know who has or has not voted, which is known as “strike-off data.”

That data is used by parties to figure out who they need to try to get out to polling stations.

“The connectivity issue has been resolved and strike-off data is now being updated automatically,” said Elections Ontario spokesperson Nicole Taylor.

Ontario election: The PC, NDP, Liberal and Green platforms

“Elections Ontario worked diligently with our telecommunications provider to resolve this issue promptly.”

Several parties told The Canadian Press they received one update Thursday morning, but there were supposed to be batches of voter information sent automatically every 15 minutes.

That data did not begin flowing until shortly after 2 p.m.

Parties were still able to gather that information by hand at polling stations.

– The Canadian Press

3:00 p.m. ET

Technical issues resolved as election underway

All technical issues from the morning are resolved, Elections Ontario said. They added that voting has resumed at all polling stations across the province.

1:01 p.m. ET

Elections Ontario warns of last-minute polling location changes

Elections Ontario has warned voters of “last-minute” location changes to some polling stations after voting got underway Thursday.

“There have been some last-minute voting location changes which is why we are encouraging electors to enter their postal code into the voter information service on, check the Elections Ontario app or call 1-888-668-8683 before they head out to the polls,” said spokesperson Ebru Ozdemir Erol in an email.

– The Canadian Press

12:09 p.m. ET

Mike Schreiner casts his ballot in Guelph

Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner voted in Guelph this morning. Leaders of all four major Ontario parties have cast their ballots. The Green Party is hoping to expand its caucus of one seat – won by Schreiner in Guelph four years ago – and has been eyeing a potential opening in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

– The Canadian Press

11:54 a.m. ET

Technical issues causing long waits at some polling stations

Karen Markle, a resident of Kemptville, Ont., said that while she managed to vote early, her daughter had to wait for around half an hour at her polling station in Kanata-Carleton in Ottawa. Technical issues at the polling station meant she had to wait a lot longer than expected. Markle said her daughter had to inform her employer that she would be late for work.

– Uday Rana, Ottawa

11:30 a.m. ET

Doug Ford votes in Etobicoke North

Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford votes in Toronto on June 2, 2022.Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Doug Ford voted in his Etobicoke North riding this morning. Polls have suggested the Progressive Conservatives led by Ford are poised to form a second majority government.

11:21 a.m. ET

Steven Del Duca casts his ballot in Vaughan-Woodbridge

Ontario Liberal party leader Stephen Del Duca casts his vote in Woodbridge, Ont., June 2, 2022.Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press

Steven Del Duca voted in his Vaughan-Woodbridge riding this morning. Del Duca, who lost his seat in 2018, is facing an apparently tight race in his own riding, though he says he intends to stick around as leader regardless of the result.

11:08 a.m. ET

What should I know about the major party leaders?

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, having won a majority in 2018, is campaigning for re-election. He’s expected to win his Etobicoke North riding for the second time.

Andrea Horwath is campaigning for the fourth time as NDP Leader. Horwath, who is running in the Hamilton riding she has held since 2004, declined to say on Tuesday if she will stay on as the NDP’s Leader if she fails to become premier.

This is Steven Del Duca’s first election campaign as Liberal Leader. Del Duca is in a tight race in the Vaughan-Woodbridge riding, currently held by Progressive Conservative Michael Tibollo.

Mike Schreiner is running for re-election in Guelph, a riding he won for the first time in 2018. This is Schreiner’s fifth election as Leader of the Green Party.

11:01 a.m. ET

Computer systems may be down at several polling stations, according to complaints to Elections Ontario

I’m Uday Rana, a reporter for the Globe and Mail. Today I’ll be out and about in the nation’s capital, bringing you the top election day news and updates from the Ottawa region.

Elections Ontario confirmed to the Globe and Mail that they received complaints of computer systems being down at several polling stations across the province on Election Day. A spokesperson said they were aware of the complaints and were monitoring the situation while trying to do their best to resolve the issues. There were reports on social media that systems were down in Grimsby, Niagara, Brantford, Burke’s Falls and Kemptville. However, Elections Ontario did not confirm how many complaints were received or where they were being reported from.

In Ottawa, Elections Ontario said three polling stations had to be changed in areas that were affected by the storm on May 21. The polling station at St. Monica School in the Nepean riding was moved to the Metropolitan Bible Church. The polling station at Merivale Public School was changed to École secondaire publique Omer-Deslauriers in Ottawa West-Nepean. The Carleton polling station at Sacred Heart school was moved to Johnny Leroux Arena in Stittsville.

Shontal Cargill, a voter in the Brampton South riding, said, “I went to vote at 9 a.m. at Churchville Public School in Brampton and was informed that the system is down.” Cargill said she and many other voters at the polling station left without voting.

10:58 a.m. ET

Andrea Horwath votes in Hamilton

Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Andrea Horwath is assisted by an election staff member as she casts her ballot to vote in the provincial election, in Hamilton, Ontario on June 2, 2022.NICK IWANYSHYN/Reuters

Andrea Horwath voted in her Hamilton riding this morning. It could be her last election as NDP leader as she makes a fourth run for the premier’s office after her party made gains in 2018 to form the official Opposition in provincial parliament.

– With files from The Canadian Press

10 a.m. ET

What are the key platform pledges from the PCs, NDP, Liberals and Greens?

Read The Globe’s full election platform explainer for policy pledges from each of the major parties on health care, the economy, transportation, the environment, education, housing and senior care.

9:30 a.m. ET

Polls open on Ontario election day

Polls are open in Ontario from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Your polling location is assigned based on your address. Use the Elections Ontario website to find your polling location and the list of candidates in your riding.

The close calls during Ontario’s 2018 election could tell us a lot about which key ridings to watch

More than one million people – about 9.92 per cent of eligible voters – cast a ballot in advance polls, according to Elections Ontario. The agency said it has sent voting kits to 126,135 eligible residents, a sharp increase from 2018, when only 15,202 ballots were doled out that way. Voting kits must be received by 6 p.m. on election day and can be mailed or dropped off at a returning office.

The provincial campaign saw parties battle over the best approaches to affordability, health care and infrastructure.

Polls have suggested the Progressive Conservatives led by Doug Ford are poised to form a second majority government. Ford has campaigned largely on his party’s promises to build Ontario highways and hospitals, and other measures he’s touted as job-creators, and in recent days has held limited media availabilities.

The New Democrat and Liberal leaders have both been presenting themselves as the only alternative to Ford’s Tories and haven’t outright said they will work together in the event of a Progressive Conservative minority.

It could be the last election as NDP leader for Andrea Horwath, who’s making a fourth run for the premier’s office after her party made gains in 2018 to form the official Opposition in provincial parliament.

Her party has proposed speeding up pharmacare and dental care plans for Ontarians, hiring more nurses and teachers, covering mental health and birth control and raising the minimum wage to $20 in 2026.

The Liberals, meanwhile, are hoping to rebuild after a devastating defeat four years ago that saw their caucus reduced to just seven seats after spending more than a decade in government.

Leader Steven Del Duca, who lost his seat in 2018, is also facing an apparently tight race in his own riding of Vaughan-Woodbridge, though he says he intends to stick around as leader regardless of the result.

The Liberal platform includes plans to make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for school attendance, remove provincial HST on prepared foods under $20 and boost the minimum wage to $16 per hour by next year.

The Ontario Greens have proposed free mental health coverage, reaching net zero emissions by 2045 and protecting 30 per cent of Ontario lands and water by 2030.

That party led by Mike Schreiner is hoping to expand its caucus of one seat — won by Schreiner in Guelph four years ago — and has been eyeing a potential opening in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

-With files from The Canadian Press

How to vote in the Ontario election

Who can vote?

Anyone who is 18 years or older, a Canadian citizen and a resident of Ontario is eligible to vote in the 2022 provincial election.

How do I vote?

Ontario residents can vote in person on election day (today, Thursday, June 2) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET at their assigned polling station, based on the location of their current residential address.

How do I find my electoral district and who is running in my riding?

Ontario residents can search for their electoral district by entering their postal code on the Elections Ontario website. Each party’s website also has the latest information on candidates in each riding.

What do I need to bring to the polling station?

Registered voters will need to bring one piece of ID with their name to the polling station. If you are not registered on the voters list, you will need to present one piece of ID showing both your name and current residential address to vote. The Elections Ontario website provides a list of ID requirements for both registered and non-registered voters.

How do I register to vote?

Ontarians can register to vote online through Elections Ontario’s eRegistration. Voters will need one piece of identification that has their name and current residential address in order to register.

Information can be updated or confirmed using the eRegistration system for all voters, including:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older, Canadian citizens and residents of Ontario;
  • Voters who are temporarily living outside Ontario and intend to return to the province;
  • 16- and 17-year-olds who want to be automatically added to the voters list when they turn 18.

How to follow The Globe’s coverage and see Ontario election results

Globe reporters are across the province watching as results pour in.

Jeff Gray and Marieke Walsh will follow the Progressive Conservatives, with updates from Irene Galea at the party’s headquarters in Etobicoke.

Dustin Cook and Jill Mahoney will follow the Liberals with updates from Temur Durrani in Vaughan.

Oliver Moore is covering the NDP, with Molly Hayes reporting from the party’s headquarters in Hamilton.

Bookmark The Globe’s Ontario election page. Consult our guide to the Ontario election and review each of the party’s key platform promises.