June 7 Ontario Election: Basic Information —

The Ontario general election will be held on Thursday, June 7. Nominations for candidates close May 17 at 2:00 pm. Electors can vote by special ballot at the returning office in their riding from the day after the writ is dropped, May 10, until 6:00 pm on election day. Voters may also cast their ballot at the advance poll locations noted on their Voter Information Card.

There are currently 107 seats in the Ontario Legislature: Liberals, 55 seats; PCs, 28 seats; NDP, 18 seats; Independent, 2; vacant, 4. (MPPs Jack MacLaren and former PC leader Patrick Brown were both kicked out of the PC Party caucus and sit as independents).

There will be 17 new ridings in the June 7 election, for a total of 124. This necessarily changes the composition of many existing ridings. In the previous election a majority required 54 seats, which the Liberals attained at that time by winning 59 seats. Achieving a majority on June 7 will require 63 seats.

The increased number and reorganization of ridings is due to legislation passed by the Liberal government to align provincial ridings with changes made to federal ridings in Ontario, currently totalling 122, as well as a provincial review that recommended a reorganization and increase in the number of ridings in Northern Ontario. The latter led to the creation of two more ridings: Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk-James Bay, for a total of 124.

When it created the two additional Northern Ontario seats, the government indicated that the population of the new Kiiwetinoong riding “will be 68 per cent Indigenous” and that the new riding of Mushkegowuk-James Bay “will be 60 per cent Francophone and 27 per cent Indigenous.”