A full list of the questions and action items for council candidates shared in our 2014 Municipal Elections toolkit. Participating Local Food Champions used this template to create a customized survey for their local municipal candidates by selecting questions and checklist options that reflecting key priorities for their communities.
A high-level overview of municipal functions and their connection to food and farming. With over 440 municipalities in Ontario., the names and responsibilities of municipal departments will often vary and, depending on their size, capacity and circumstances, certain functions or departments may not be available in all municipalities.
This resource helps to make the case for healthy, ecological, equitable and financially viable food systems by providing key facts and links to further research. It also provides some innovative examples of local leadership in Ontario and elsewhere to demonstrate what could be done in your community. Rationale and examples are divided into four themes: Economic, Social, Environmental, and Collaboration.
Ontario Municipality Directory
Prepared by the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO)
A full reference list of all of Ontario’s 444 municipalities, organized by county, region, districts, and single-tiers. Links are provided to municipal websites where available.
Check out AMO’s Municipal 101 Resources that explain the ins and outs of local government in Ontario, such as their useful explanation to How Municipal Government Works. Visit their Municipal Elections page for more guides and resources for candidates and voters, accessible in the sidebar.
Planning an All-Candidates Meeting?
Your Guide to Hosting an All-Candidates Meeting
Prepared by the OPSBA, OCSTA, ACÉPO, and AFOCSC (see “Education That Connects” below).
This guide provides a summary of why to hold an all-candidates meeting, key things to do to plan one and ensure success, and suggested agendas with rules and procedures for moderation. Add in your own questions for candidates based on your local Vote ON Food & Farming priorities and opportunities!
Education That Connects: Learn More About School Board Elections
The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA), L’Association des conseils des écoles publiques de l’Ontario (ACÉPO), and L’Association franco-ontarienne des conseils scolaires catholiques (AFOCSC) have prepared a comprehensive trustee candidate database and bilingual educational resources on a collaborative website dedicated to providing a broad range of information about the 2014 Municipal and School Board Elections.
The site is created for both candidates and the general public, with a focus on trustee elections in the province’s 72 school boards. The site’s development is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Look up your school board to see who’s running.