Toronto’s month-long municipal election season begins today. Here’s what you need to know

12:10 p.m. Sept 19, 2018. A collage of maps of the city’s 25 new wards (with outlines of the old wards).
12:10 p.m. Sept 19, 2018. A collage of maps of the city’s 25 new wards (with outlines of the old wards).

Sept. 21, 2018

By Arianne Robinson

After months of changes to Toronto’s council structure, nominations have now closed, and Toronto’s Oct. 22 election is underway. Earlier this week, a panel of three judges ruled that the Oct. 22, 2018 election will go forward with 25 wards, instead of the 44 that had been in place since 2000.

There are four weeks left until Toronto’s election, which for many readers will be more than enough time to get to know who is running and to choose who to support – as long as you know what ward you’re in and the candidates. Here’s a simple guide:

Find your ward

The changes to the municipal ward boundaries are now the same as the provincial and federal ridings. You can find yours on the city’s ‘MyVote’ website by typing in your postal code.

You can also look up who was elected earlier this year in the provincial election, and federally in the 2015 election in your riding.

Learn who’s running

Once you know the name of your ward, check the city’s website and click ‘councillor’ to see the list of people running in each ward for city councillor.

Many councillors are changing the area they are running to represent.

Mike Layton moves from his previous Ward 19 to University–Rosedale.

Joe Cressy moves from his previous Ward 20 area to Spadina–Fort York.

Kristyn Wong-Tam moves from her previous Ward 27 area to Toronto Centre.

Ways to get to know your candidates

You can find candidate information on the city’s website under the list ‘Councillor.’

Many councillors also have Twitter profiles. Follow Signal Toronto on Twitter and click on your ward to subscribe on updates on how candidate matches are heating up online.

Some candidates are also on Facebook. Like Signal Toronto on Facebook to get the update on candidates’ pages.

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