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Ward Three By-Election

A by-election is an election to fill a vacancy arising during a term of office.

On October 21, 2019, Ward Three Councillor, Doug Shipley, was elected as the Member of Parliament for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte. As a result, Councillor Shipley was required to resign his seat on Barrie City Council and on October 28, 2019, Council declared the Ward Three seat vacant. On November 25, 2019, Council voted to call a by-election to fill the vacant Ward Three seat in accordance with Section 262 (1) of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Voters can vote during the Voting Period online or by telephone. Our candidate listing includes the names of candidates and provides links to their websites and contact information, as provided by each candidate.

Key Dates

Nomination PeriodNovember 26, 2019 – January 10, 2020 at 2pm
Nomination DayJanuary 10, 2020 at 2pm
Voting Period 10am ​February 13 – 8pm February 24
By-Election DayFebruary 24, 2020

Information for Voters

You are entitled to vote in the Ward 3 By-Election if you are:

  • a Canadian citizen. 
  • over 18 years of age.
  • owner or tenant of land or spouse of owner or tenant of land in Ward 3.
  • not otherwise legally prohibited from voting.

You must be on the Voters’ List before you can vote. Check if you're on the Voters' List.

How to Vote

Voters can use any internet-connected computer, mobile device or telephone to cast their ballot during the Voting Period, 10am ​February 13 – 8pm February 24. There will be no other voting methods available for the Ward Three By-Election. Check your mailbox the week of February 3 for your Voter Information Letter, which will contain your individual Voter Pin # and instructions for voting (including voting website and telephone number). If you do not receive a voter information card in the mail by February 10, please call 705-728-VOTE (8683) or email

Voter Assistance Centres

Voters may attend a Voter Assistance Centre during the Voting Period if they need assistance. Paper ballots are not available, but staff will be available to assist in using the computer or telephone at Voter Assistance Centres. All Voter Assistance Centre dates, times and locations are printed on the back of the Voter Information Letter. Assistance is also available during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm) by calling 705-728-VOTE or emailing

City Hall
70 Collier Street
​East Bayfield Community Centre
80 Livingstone Street East
  • ​Thursday February 13 and Friday February 14
  • Tuesday February 18 to Friday February 21
  • ​Tuesday February 18, 4:00pm–9:00pm
  • Thursday February 20, 4:00pm–9:00pm
  • Saturday February 22, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Monday February 24, 10:00am–8:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I view candidate nomination papers? RTPA registrations?

Yes, anyone can inspect the nominations and registered third party advertiser registrations filed. Please visit Legislative & Court Services (70 Collier Street, 1st Floor) during regular hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm) to review the nominations/registrations binder.

Can I work for the election?

The City will not be hiring any external staff to work the Ward Three By-election.

Can I make contributions to a candidate’s campaign?

Yes, individuals can contribute up to $1,200 to a candidate’s campaign, to a maximum of $5,000 for all offices on that council. Corporations and trade unions cannot contribute to candidate’s campaign.

When can election signs be installed?

Election signs are permitted beginning on January 25, 2020.

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