Get to know the Candidates in the Township of Muskoka Lakes
Yes, you can vote.
Voting this year is by telephone or online. There will be help available at your municipal office. Here’s a brief video that explains the new voting process.
You must be registered on the Voters List. If you and your spouse are BOTH on your property tax bill, then you are automatically registered. If not, contact your local municipality to register.
WHO CAN VOTE?
Renters and their spouses can vote if (a) it’s their permanent residence, or (b) it’s their seasonal residence and they rent on election day (October 22).*
You can vote in each municipality in Ontario where you own or rent property.
Only Canadian citizens, 18+ years old.
You do not need to be a permanent resident of Canada. For example, you may vote if you live in the US, Europe or elsewhere.
Are you on the Muskoka Voters’ List for the October 2018 Election?
Why register on the Voters’ List? You must be registered on the Voters’ List in order to vote in the October 2018 election.
When to register: NOW! We highly encourage you to check your and your spouse’s status NOW on the Voters’ List. (see above: YES, YOU CAN VOTE)
Here’s what you’ll receive: Once the final Voters’ List has been created you will be mailed (to your permanent address) a Voter’s Package containing registration and PIN numbers. It will also contain instructions for voting by telephone and online.
Help Friends of Muskoka protect Muskoka and the environment for future generations
It’s time to hold council accountable.
This election is crucial because the candidates who are elected in October 2018 will be signing off on a new Official Plan that will govern development in Muskoka for the next 20 years! In the last election some councillors won by as few as 50 – 100 votes. A few additional votes could make the difference in ensuring that we have elected officials who will make responsible development and disciplined fiscal management a priority.
The Environment is our Economy:
Millions of people visit Muskoka for its clean water and natural, treed shorelines. Our lakes, forests and rivers are a resource that can drive Muskoka’s economy for decades to come – but only if our elected officials put the Environment First, not development that erodes the environment that sustains our economy.
No Residential Subdivisions on the Waterfront:
Developers are trying to build residential subdivisions disguised as resorts at multiple locations across Muskoka. Over 100 commercial properties in Muskoka could be turned into residential subdivisions. Our elected officials must ensure resorts are legitimately commercial and fit with the natural beauty of Muskoka. They must protect the View from the Canoe on our lakes.
We are One Community:
Our elected officials must find more ways for both seasonal and year-round residents to live and prosper as one community, each benefitting from the contributions of the other.
Our elected officials must follow more responsible fiscal practices, including disciplined and transparent budgeting.
Good and Civil Governance:
Our elected officials must be responsible decision-makers who collaborate with each other and their constituents in a positive way.
MUNICIPAL ELECTION in Muskoka 2018
Telephone and Online Voting October 12 – 22
Countdown to Election Day
the future of muskoka
- Development planning that prioritizes preservation of our shoreline, water quality and responsible resort density.
- The development of “sensible density” in the Resort Village of Minett and Gravenhurst Bay.
- Improved fiscal management practices, including more disciplined and transparent budgeting.