Vote for your Future – 2018 Municipal Elections

Vote for your Future (2018) is a campaign to encourage FOCA’s members across Ontario to get involved in the Municipal election process.

Waterfront property owners and residents have a right to vote in municipal elections. FOCA is here to help you spread the word and make it easy.

What can you do?

Your Roles in 2018:

  1. Ensure you are on the voter’s list! Visit voterlookup.ca
  2. Get on FOCA’s Elert list for cottage country updates on election issues.
  3. Host a local candidates’ event prior to the election. Ask your questions!
  4. Vote in your Municipal Election (October 2018)

Tools and Resources:

  • Download your digital copy of FOCA’s new  “Vote for your Future” Toolkit (PDF, 20 pages), with all the resources you’ll need to engage your local community in the 2018 Municipal elections. The toolkit contains samples and templates you can use for communications, events, candidates’ questions and more. It also has a handy Calendar “Checklist” on the last page, to keep your efforts on-track.
  • Plan to host a “Vote for your Future” Pop-up booth at an event in your local  community this season. (Get tips about holding a “Vote Pop-up” event on page 12 of the Toolkit, above.)
  • Download FOCA’s “Vote for your Future” fact sheet (PDF, 2 pages) for an overview about this initiative.

About this Initiative

Vote for your Future (2018) is a collaboration between FOCA and Ryerson’s Democratic Engagement Exchange.

Throughout 2018, FOCA will be providing our member associations with tools and tips about raising their local level of engagement, a higher level of understanding of local issues, and a better feel for where their local candidates stand on their most pressing issues.

Vote for Your Future aims to inspire citizens and contribute to a wider conversation throughout 2018 about public engagement and community planning. Let’s improve our municipalities’ ability to address the complex challenges and amazing opportunities of the 21st century!

For more information about the upcoming Municipal Election and what our municipal level of government does, see “Related Posts” below.

News

September 11, 2018 – Ottawa-area voters – Ontario Municipal Elections in our National Capital and Beyond   (Ottawa Riverkeeper)

May 18, 2018 – FOCA releases the “Vote for your Future Toolkit” for Lake Associations! See details, above.

August 21, 2018 Why three elections in two years could mean a ‘lost year’ for municipalities (TVO)

March 25, 2018 – A civil election campaign is vital to encourage women in politics (Toronto Star)

March 6, 2018 – Candidates have less time to file for municipal election bid (Kingston Whig-Standard)

March 3, 2018 – Launch of  the Vote for your Future campaign (2018)! FOCA members practiced voting, and helped to define municipal priorities and “Why to Vote” at the FOCA AGM & Spring Seminar in Toronto, with the assistance of John Beebe, Senior Advisor on Democratic Engagement, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University.

image: composite of Vote for Your Future activities at FOCA AGM and Spring Seminar, March 2018

Terry ReesVote for your Future – 2018 Municipal Elections