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Caledon Election 2022: How This Election Is Different

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Written by Patti Foley

Does the Caledon election seem different this time around? You are right. It is, in a number of ways, and here are a few.

Did your Ward number change?

It very well may have. The Town of Caledon reviewed its Ward System in 2020/21 and Council passed a By-law in July 2021 to accept a new Ward structure.

Do you want to confirm which Ward you are in?

You’ll find a new Ward Boundary map here

Does Caledon Town Council still have nine members?

Yes, but the structure has changed. Due to the reduction of Caledon’s representation at the Peel Regional Council table there are now only two Regional Councillors rather than four. One will represent Wards 1, 2 and 3, and the other will represent Wards 4, 5, and 6.

Who is running in my Ward?

The Town of Caledon has published a list of certified candidates for each Ward here

What are Third Party Advertisers?

Third party advertising refers to advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate. The meaning of “third party” in this context means a person or entity who is not a candidate.

They are not obligated to disclose what candidate they are promoting or opposing. However their social media messaging and advertisements tend to make it fairly apparent. Bottom line, they are trying to sway your vote.

Only those who have registered  as a Third Party Advertiser can spend money on third party advertising. You can find a copy of the Province’s Guide for Third Party Advertisers here. It outlines the rules and responsibilities as well as the penalties for offences.

Notice a lot of rage-farming on social media?

It’s true that social media has changed the landscape for elections. We all have opinions on issues that matter the most to us. Social media makes it easier to share opinions, those founded in fact, those that are not, and even some that are based on cherry-picked, selective data. Before you make your own decision take a bit of time to do some research, ask questions of the candidates directly, or a member of their team, or someone you trust.

When can I vote and where are the voting locations?

The Town has published a list of locations and dates for Advance Polls and Election Day here

Do I have to vote in my home Ward?

No. The Town of Caledon is using a vote anywhere system meaning you can cast your ballot at any voting location within Caledon. Of course your vote may only be cast for candidates running in the Ward that you live or own property in.

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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