Ontario Election 2022
Voters will decide which political party forms Ontario’s next government on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Premier Doug Ford is seeking a second term in a race that also includes NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and the Liberals’ Steven Del Duca.
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When is Ontario’s next election?
The next Ontario general election will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022.
When is the campaign period?
The campaign officially began on May 3, when Premier Doug Ford asked Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell to dissolve the legislature. Writs for the 2022 Ontario election were issued on May 4.
Who is the leader of each party?
Currently, there are four major candidates who are running in the provincial election with the hope of becoming Ontario’s next premier:
- Doug Ford for the Progressive Conservative Party
- Steven Del Duca for the Ontario Liberal Party
- Andrea Horwath for the New Democratic Party
- Mike Schreiner for the Green Party
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.
- The NDP released a full platform in April and unveiled costing details in mid-May.
- The Liberals and The Greens have released fully costed platforms.
- The Progressive Conservatives haven’t released a platform but made significant funding announcements various issues in the latter stages of their government.
When are the debates?
The first debate of the 2022 Ontario election was held in North Bay on May 10. The leaders squared off on issues of housing affordability and health care in northern Ontario. A second debate was held on May 16. The 90-minute televised debate was hosted by TVO’s Steve Paikin and The Toronto Star’s Althia Raj. Catch up on The Globe's coverage of the debate on affordability, transportation and improving public education.
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?
Election day: Ontario residents can vote in person on election day (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.
Advance polls for early voting: According to Ontario Elections Act, 2021, advance polling will be open for 10 days before the election – up from five – for flexible voting. Ontarians can vote at any of the advance voting locations in their electoral district between May 19 and May 28. Advance voting locations are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
Mail-in ballot: In order to vote by mail, Ontarians need to complete an application that can be sent in by e-mail or by regular mail. This year, Elections Ontario is offering an online process to apply for a mail-in ballot. Voters can sign up between May 4 and May 27 – and the application must be submitted at least six days before election day. Once the application has been submitted, a voting kit will be sent in the mail so that voters can cast their ballot. The voting kit needs to be submitted by 6 p.m. ET on election day to be counted.
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 an 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 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 – PC, Liberal, NDP, and Green – 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.
When was the last Ontario election?
Ontario general election was held on June 7, 2018. In that election, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives won 76 of the 124 seats to form a majority, beating the incumbent Liberals led by then-premier Kathleen Wynne, which took 7 seats. The NDP’s 40 seats formed the Official Opposition and the Greens elected their first MPP in the province.
How can I share my opinion on election campaign issues?
Ahead of the vote, The Globe and Mail wants to hear from our Ontario readers. What issues matter most to you when making your vote? What areas would you like to see The Globe expand our coverage? What is the one question you would ask a candidate if they knocked on your front door? Take our survey.