The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario has proposed a new electoral map for consideration at public hearings this fall. This map introduces changes to Ontario’s federal electoral district boundaries and has been developed through an independent and non-partisan process.
“In exercising its mandate under the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act and given the allocation of one additional district to Ontario, the Commission found it necessary to propose many new electoral boundaries to correct wide variations in voter equality that have emerged across the province over the past decade due to population change” says the Honourable Justice Lynne C. Leitch, Chair of the three-member commission.
The Commission welcomes input and engagement from the public in this important democratic exercise.
The proposal reflects Ontario’s increase in population from 12,851,821 in 2011 to 14,223,942, as captured in the 2021 Census, and takes into consideration communities of interest or identity, and historic and geographic factors. The proposal can be found at redistribution2022.ca. It will be published in the Canada Gazette on September 3, 2022.https://redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca/com/on/med/aug1922_e.aspx
The public hearings for Toronto are at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2022 (virtual) and Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (in person, Beeton Hall, Toronto Central Reference Library).
The electoral boundaries for many Toronto ridings will change significantly, in some cases splitting neighbourhoods into two or more different electoral districts. This will potentially affect ALL levels of government, as the provincial boundaries and the municipal ward boundaries are currently the same as the federal ones since the number of Toronto wards was reduced to 25 in 2018.
If you wish to make a presentation or submit a written response, you can register to do so by September 25, 2022.