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On October 24 every Manitoban has the opportunity to shape the direction of their local government and school division. Candidates for mayor, reeve, councillor and school trustee are working to be elected to office for the next four years.
 

Why should you care who is elected for local government?

Mayors, reeves and councillors can have a great impact on your daily life. They make decisions about:

  • Residential and commercial property tax rates
  • Local infrastructure (eg. construction and maintenance of roads)
  • Services (eg. utilities, garbage and recycling, libraries) and recreation (eg. parks, arenas)
  • Commercial and land development, licensing, zoning
  • Residential development

These matters are important to home owners and businesses operating in the local municipality. Do the candidates’ positions on these topics match yours? Learn where they stand before you vote by visiting CFIB's Manitoba Municipal Business Platform and Candidate Survey. Make your voice heard by casting your ballot.
 

Why should you care who is elected as your school board trustees?

Manitoba has over 30 school divisions. Each one has a school board, made up of elected school trustees. School boards are responsible for the planning and delivery of public education in the school division. School boards make decisions about:

  • School division property taxes
  • Division’s budget allocations (eg. school properties, student transportation services)
  • Hiring decisions for the division’s administrative staff
  • Policies on student assessment and staff professional development

As school boards are a law-making level of government, it’s important to talk with the candidates. Learn where they stand on the delivery of public education in your community. Make your voice heard by casting your ballot.
 

What are the Dos and Don’ts of discussing elections at work?

Yes, it is a good idea to talk with your staff about elections! Discuss what issues are important to your workplace. Discuss what is important to you and your employees’ families. Taking time to know where candidates stand is a wise investment. 

Here are some ideas to raise interest:

  • Take time to discuss elections during a staff meeting.
  • Help employees know where they can learn of candidates’ positions.
  • Remind everyone of the voting options, including where and when to vote on October 24 and in Advance Polls.

Generally, polls are open from 8:00am to 8:00pm, so no one should need to miss work. Anyone unable to cast their ballot on October 24 can go to an Advance Poll.

When and where can we vote?

Election Day is Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

Advance Poll dates vary across the province as noted below. If your municipality is not on the list, contact CFIB at 1-888-234-2232 and we can help you learn your Advance Poll options.
 

Advance Polls:

Brandon:  Oct 10, 8:00am-8:00pm; Oct 18 10:00am-8:00pm; Oct 20, 10:00am-6:00pm (City Hall Main Foyer)
Dauphin:  Oct 18, 8:00am-8:00pm (City Hall)
Flin Flon:  Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm (CIty Hall)
Morden:  Oct 18, 8:00am-8:00pm (Morden 55+ Activity Centre)
Portage la Prairie (City):  Oct 13, 8:00am-8:00pm (Herman Prior Centre)
Selkirk:  Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm; Oct 18, 12:00pm-8:00pm; Oct 19, 9:00am-5:00pm (City Civic Centre)
Steinbach:  Oct18, 8:00am-8:00pm (Hanover School Division Offices)
Stonewall:  Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm; Oct 20, 8:00am-8:00pm (Town Administration Offices)
Swan River:  Oct 18, 8:00am-8:00pm (Town Office)
The Pas:  Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm (Town Office)
Thompson:  Oct 8, 10:00am-6:00pm; Oct 13, 10:00am-6:00pm; Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm (City Hall Foyer)
Virden:  To be announced
Winkler: Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm (City Hall Council Chambers)
Winnipeg: Several opportunities Oct 1 through Oct 19, at multiple locations (City Hall, community centres, shopping malls, post-secondary schools) Click this link for detailed list.

RM of Brokenhead:  Oct 13, 8:00am-8:00pm (RM Office); Oct 19, 2:00pm-8:00pm (Tyndall Village Community Centre)
RM of East St. Paul: Oct 12, 12:00pm-8:00pm; Oct 19, 12:00pm-8:00pm; Oct 20, 8:00am-8:00pm (Municipal Office)
RM of Gimli:  Oct 13, 8:00am-8:00pm (Waterfront Centre)
RM of Hanover:  Oct 11, 8:00am-8:00pm (Municipal Office)
RM of La Broquerie:  Oct 10, 8:00am-8:00pm (Municipal Office)
RM of Macdonald:  Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm (Municipal Office)
Portage la Prairie (RM):  Oct 13, 8:00am-8:00pm (Herman Prior Centre)
RM of Rhineland: Oct 19, 8:00am-8:00pm (Gretna Prairie Centre)
RM of Ritchot: Oct 13, 8:00am-8:00pm (Council Chambers)
RM of Rockwood: Oct 19, 8:00am-8:00pm (RM Administration Building)
RM of Springfield: Oct 13, 8:00am-8:00pm (Municipal Office)
RM of St. Andrews:  Oct 12, 12:00pm-8:00pm; Oct 19, 8:00am-8:00pm (South St. Andrews Fire Hall) & Oct 20, 8:00am-8:00pm (Municipal Office)
RM of St. Anne: Oct 13, 8:00am-8:00pm (Wards 1/3/LUD - RIcher Hall; Wards 2/4/5/6 - Municipal Office)
RM of St. Clements: To be announced
RM of Stanley:  Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm (RM Office)
RM of Taché: Oct 17, 8:00am-8:00pm (Municipal Office)
RM of West St. Paul:  Oct. 18 & 19, 8:00am-8:00pm; Oct 20, 8:00am-6:00pm; Oct 21, 12:00pm-6:00pm (Municipal Fire Hall)