Montreal election 2017: What you need to know about voting

Oct 25 2017, 10:11 pm

On November 5, Montrealers will head to the polls to elect the city’s new mayor. But they will also be voting for a lot more.

Locally, citizens will be voting for 18 borough mayors who also sit as city councillors. They will also choose 46 additional city councillors and 38 borough councillors.

Although Montreal has 19 boroughs, only 18 are counted because the Mayor fills the spot for the Ville-Marie borough.

It’s important to note that some boroughs only have borough councillors, some only have city councillors, and some have both.

The higher the population of a borough, the more representation it will have on the city council.

City councillors have more authority and power than borough councillors. City council has 65 spots made up of the mayor, the borough mayors and city councillors.

Borough councils are made up of at least five representatives, which include: the borough mayor, local city councillors, and borough councillors for boroughs where this is applicable.


Voting will take place on Sunday, November 5, from 10 am to 8 pm.

Advanced voting will take place on the following days:

  • Sunday, October 29, from 12 to 8 pm
  • You may vote at the returning officer’s office on October 27, 30 and 31 (from 10 am to 8 pm) and November 1 (from 10 a.m. to 2 pm)

In order to vote, you must present one of the following ID documents:  

  • Health insurance card
  • Driver’s licence
  • Canadian passport
  • Certificate of lndian status
  • Canadian Forces Identification card

For more information about election day, check out the Montreal Election website.

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