Ontario’s municipal elections often suffer from low levels of participation, low turnover and poor representation of women, visible minorities and tenants. While cities and towns across North America are using innovative methods to make their local elections more participatory, diverse and fair, our cities and towns in Ontario are severely restricted by the Municipal Elections Act.
We propose that municipalities be given more choice, allowing them to customise their local elections based on local needs. Each Ontario municipality is unique and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution.
We call on the Ontario government to create enabling legislation that gives more choice to Ontario’s municipalities while also laying down parameters to regulate any moves towards reform.
The legislation could provide new regulations for tools such as runoff voting, municipal parties, single transferable vote, pre-election contribution disclosure, weekend voting, neighbourhood borough councils or others.
No municipality should be forced to change its system and we are not advocating for any specific reform. This legislation would simply provide local Councils with options, enabling them to open the door to local democratic renewal and to choose the system that best fits the unique needs of their community.
Check out the growing list of Local Choice supporters from across Ontario!
Bonnie Adams - Reeve, Township of Carlow/Mayo
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|We are seeking City Councillors and
Mayors from across Ontario to endorse our statement. Endorsing the statement
does not mean that you endorse any of the options for reform (terms
limits, parties, runoffs, etc.). It simply means that you support your
Council's right to customise your local elections to meet the needs of
your own voters.
To add your endorsement, or to submit comments or questions, please send a message to our Project Coordinator, Charles Tilden, at email@example.com
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