Apply for a job during the 2022 municipal and school board election and be a part of the democratic process! Election workers help eligible voters cast their ballots during a municipal election.

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On this page:

  1. About election jobs
  2. Eligibility
  3. Time commitment
  4. Compensation
  5. Accessibility
  6. How to apply
  7. Job descriptions

About election jobs

With voting at 71 locations and over 400 election workers required to assist on election day, we need your help! You can apply to work during advance voting (October 12 to 15) and on election day (October 24). The time commitment for election jobs depends on the position.


Eligibility

If you meet the criteria below, you are eligible to apply for an election job:

  • you are 18 years of age or older on election day
  • you are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • you have access to a personal email address that’s not shared with anyone else
  • you are not a family member of an individual running in the 2022 municipal and school board election

Election workers cannot and will not engage in political activity in the 2022 municipal and school board election, including:

  • supporting or opposing a candidate before or during an election
  • seeking nomination or being a candidate in the election
  • canvassing or campaigning on behalf of a candidate

Time commitment

The time commitment for election jobs depends on the position and the number of voting days worked.

Training

Training sessions are mandatory.

  • managing deputy returning officer: approximately 6 hours
  • deputy returning officer: approximately 4 hours
  • tabulator assistant: approximately 2 hours
  • election assistant: approximately 1 hour

Advance voting days

  • all positions: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (approximate)

Election day

  • all positions: 9 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.

Compensation

You can find this information about compensation below:

  • pay rates
  • payment schedule
  • deductions and income tax 

If you have any questions, send us an email.

Pay rates

Rates of pay depend on the position and hours worked:

  • managing deputy returning officer (MDRO)
    • advance voting days: $28.75 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
    • election day: $517.20 (includes training)
  • deputy returning officer (DRO)
    • advance voting days: $20.13 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
    • election day: $322.08 (includes training)
  • tabulator assistant (TA)
    • advance voting days: $18.98 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
    • election day: $265.72 (includes training)
  • election assistant (EA)
    • advance voting days: $16.10 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
    • election day: $209.30 (includes training)

Payment schedule

We will mail out election pay cheques after election day, October 24. Our target date for cheque mail out is six to eight weeks after October 24, 2022.

Deductions and income tax

If you work a minimum of 35 hours or earn $500 or more, you will have Federal and Provincial income tax, Employment Insurance (EI), and Canada Pension Plan (CPP) premiums deducted from your pay. We will only issue a T4 slips if you earn more than $500 or work more than 35 hours.


Accessibility

We’re committed to creating an accessible and inclusive organization. We’re committed to providing barrier-free and accessible employment practices in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Please let us know if you need accommodations and we will work with you to meet your needs.


How to apply

If you want to work during the 2022 municipal and school board election in October, apply online!

Apply online

As part of the application process, we’ll ask you to complete a short assessment to demonstrate your knowledge of municipal election processes and computer literacy skills.


Job descriptions

Open the accordions below to learn about each role.

Managing deputy returning officer (MDRO)

Responsibilities

  • supervise the voting location and all election workers
  • supervise voting procedures as set out in the Municipal Elections Act to ensure they are carried out correctly
  • coordinate the set-up of the voting location with the assistance of the other election workers
  • oversee the vote tabulator at the assigned voting location
  • administer written oaths to election workers, candidates & scrutineers
  • record the names of scrutineers
  • close the vote tabulator, obtain results and transport memory card to City Hall
  • complete and certify all forms required to account for ballots and to validate the votes cast at the assigned voting location
  • ensure all other forms are fully and accurately completed

Time commitment

  • mandatory training session: approximately 6 hours
  • advance voting days: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (approximate)
  • election day: 9 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.

Pay

  • advance voting days: $28.75 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
  • election day: $517.20 (includes training)
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Deputy returning officer (DRO)

Responsibilities

  • help the Managing Deputy Returning Officer with the set-up and tear-down of the voting location
  • check and confirm identification of voters and confirm an elector's name as it appears on the Voters' List
  • strike elector names off the Voters' List
  • issue ballots to electors along with instructions on how to vote
  • provide hourly tally to the Managing Deputy Returning Officer
  • help electors as required with completing forms as necessary
  • issue, verify and accept completed Proxy Voting forms
  • administer oaths as required
  • complete the appropriate documents when the voting location closes

Time commitment

  • mandatory training session: approximately 4 hours
  • advance voting days: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (approximate)
  • election day: 9 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.

Pay

  • advance voting days: $20.13 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
  • election day: $322.08 (includes training)

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Tabulator assistant (TA)

Responsibilities

  • help the Managing Deputy Returning Officer with the set-up and tear-down of the voting location
  • process ballots through the vote tabulator
  • troubleshoot rejected ballots and any error messages displayed on the vote tabulator
  • redirect voter to the Deputy Returning Officer as required 
  • escalate technical issues to the MDRO for additional support
  • provide hourly tally to the MDRO
  • help with closing the voting location 

Time commitment

  • mandatory training session: approximately 2 hours
  • advance voting days: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (approximate)
  • election day: 9 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m. 

Pay

  • advance voting days: $18.98 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
  • election day: $265.72 (includes training)

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Election assistant (EA)

Responsibilities

  • help the Managing Deputy Returning Officer with the set-up and tear-down of the voting location
  • greet electors as they enter the voting location ensuring the voter is at the correct voting location and has identification
  • provide quick demonstrations as to how to mark ballots
  • direct electors to either the Deputy Returning Officer
  • distribute secrecy folders between the Managing Deputy Returning Officer and the Deputy Returning Officers
  • help the Managing Deputy Returning Officer as required

Time commitment

  • mandatory training session: approximately 1 hour
  • advance voting days: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (approximate)
  • election day: 9 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m.

Pay

  • advance voting days: $16.10 (hourly rate, pay is based on hours worked)
  • election day: $209.30 (includes training)
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