The city of Montreal will have its next municipal election on November 5, 2017. The last election was won by current incumbent mayor Denis Coderre on November 3, 2013. Find out how to register to vote and get the details on when and where to vote in the 2017 Montreal Elections, all just below.
Who can vote in the next municipal election?
To qualify to vote in Montreal's November 5, 2017 municipal elections and select the city mayor, city councillors, borough mayors and borough councillors you feel would best represent you and your city, you must:
- be 18 years old or over on the date of the election (November 5, 2017)
- be a Canadian citizen at least since September 1st, 2017
- not be under curatorship (i.e., deemed by a Court to be unfit to care for oneself and one's property)
- not be deprived of your election rights (i.e., ruled by a Court in violation of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities)
In addition to the above conditions, you must also:
- have been living in the city of Montreal since at least March 1st, 2017; or:
- have been a sole land/property owner on the territory of Montreal since at least September 1st, 2016 and filed a written application to vote with the returning officer of your district (to find out which electoral district your land/property falls under, consult this map); or
- have been a sole occupant of a business establishment on the territory of Montreal since at least September 1st, 2016 and have filed a written application to vote with the returning officer of your district (to find out which electoral district your land/property falls under, consult this Élection Montréal map).*
*If the land/property belongs to more than one owner or the business establishment is shared by co-occupants, one co-owner or co-occupant must be designated, under a power of attorney, the sole voter for that land/property/business establishment. This must be filed with the returning officer of your district (to find out which electoral district your land/property falls under, consult this Élection Montréal map).
If still in doubt on whether you qualify to vote, call the Élection Montréal information line at (514) 872-VOTE (8683).
I'm qualified to vote. So how do I register to vote in the next Montreal elections?
Qualified voters will receive a notice of entry on the list of electors in the mail during the week of September 25, 2017. If you haven't received a notice of entry within one week's time but are qualified to vote, or if you did receive a notice of entry but with errors (e.g., misspelled name), you'll need to go to a board of revisors in October 2017 (dates TBC). To find out which board of revisors is closest to you, enter your address on this page of Élection Montréal's website for a list of locations complete with opening hours and contact information.
I didn't receive a notice of entry in the mail confirming I'm on the list of electors but I'm qualified to vote and I want to vote! What do I do?
You'll need to go to a board of revisors from October 7 to October 17, 2017 to register to vote. To find out which board of revisors is closest to you, enter your address on this page of Élection Montréal's website for a list of locations complete with opening hours and contact information.
I am going to a board of revisors to add my name to the list of electors or to correct errors made on the notice of entry I received in the mail. Do I need to bring anything?
Yes! You'll need two pieces of identification to process your request. One piece of I.D. must clearly indicate your last name, first name and date of birth (e.g., passport, birth certificate, certificate of citizenship and Medicare card). The second piece of I.D. must clearly indicate your last name, first name and home address (e.g., driver’s licence, hydro bill, phone bill, school report card).
I can't make it to a board of revisors in October 2017 but I'm qualified to vote and I want to vote! Can I send someone else to register me or correct my personal information for me?
Yes! You can send the following individuals, with two pieces of their I.D. and two piece of your I.D., in your stead:
- your spouse (married or common-law)
- your relative (father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, father-in-law, mother-in-law or step-mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law)
- someone who lives at the same address as you
What about special voting measures for voters with specific needs?
To find out what measures have been put in place to facilitate the voting process for voters with disabilities and functional limitations, consult the Montreal Elections website section on special measures.
I'm registered to vote but I'm not sure who is running in my riding nor what district I belong to ... how do I find this out?
To find out which of the 58 electoral districts you belong to, consult this Élection Montréal map and select your borough for a complete list of districts, or call (514) 872-VOTE (8683). As for finding out who is running in your district --borough mayor candidates, city councillor candidates, borough councillor candidates and the city of Montreal mayor candidates-- Élection Montréal promises to post this information on their website some time near the beginning of October 2017.
I want to work for Élection Montréal. How and where do I apply for a job?
Any Montreal resident with a social insurance number who is over 16 years old can apply for a municipal election job. Positions include poll clerk, identity verification panel member and other polling station roles. Contact Élection Montréal for details.
I have more questions about Montreal's electoral process and voting procedures. Who can I contact?
Élection Montréal set up an information line. Call (514) 872-VOTE (8683).