COVID-19 safety protocols during tenant election activities

COVID-19 safety protocols during tenant election activities

An illustration of a voting ballot box.
Toronto Community Housing is working closely with Toronto Public Health to establish additional safety protocols to protect tenants who wish to participate in election activities this fall. We are monitoring updates from the provincial government and Toronto Public Health, so these protocols may change as updates are released.

All the measures taken are to ensure the health and safety of tenants as they participate in Tenant Elections.

Engagement activities

All engagement activities leading up to Election Day will be held remotely (either online or through conference call) wherever possible. For any activities that have to be held in person, all health and safety protocols will be followed. Pre-registration is mandatory for all participants.

In-person meetings will be held outdoors (weather permitting) or through a limited gathering inside a building as requested.

 

Safety protocols

Safety measures for in-person activities have been carefully planned and reviewed with Toronto Public Health. Guidelines can be adjusted at the request of the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Health.

Safety protocols include:

  • Wearing a mask at all times during election activities.
  • Providing contact details at registration in the event that contact tracing is needed. This information will be used only for possible contact tracing in case of illness.
  • Answering COVID-19 screening questions before entering the event space.
  • Sanitizing hands before entering the event space.
  • Maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet or two metres.
  • Prepackaging any refreshments.
  • Avoiding the use of shared materials or meeting resources.

    An illustration of hand santizer. An illustration of a male wearing a mask.


Election Day

Tenants will need to pre-register before casting a vote on Election Day.

Community Representatives

For communities in phase one that have selected the Community Representative model, voting on Election Day will be done in person at a designated polling station.

As polling stations will need to observe capacity restrictions and physical distancing, voting will be done in reserved blocks of time. When tenants register for Election Day, they will reserve a timeslot when they can vote.

Additional safety protocols include:

  • Wearing a mask at all times during election activities.
  • Providing contact details at registration in the event that contact tracing is needed.
  • Answering COVID-19 screening questions before casting their vote.
  • Sanitizing hands before entering the polling station.
  • Maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet or two metres.
  • Establishing a cleaning schedule for high-touch surfaces in the polling station.
  • Posting signage in the polling station that clearly indicates required safety protocols, entry and exit points, and more.

 

Building/townhouse committee

For communities in phase one that have selected the Building/townhouse committee model, voting on Election Day will be done remotely through video conference calls.


Accommodations

It is important that tenants participate in the elections process so that the engagement system reflects the priorities and views of as many tenants as possible. We understand that some accommodations may be needed for tenants to participate fully in election activities.

You can learn more about available accommodations for the elections process on the dedicated Accommodations webpage


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