TORONTO, Monday, August 27, 2012 — The Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario has proposed a new electoral map for consideration at public hearings this fall. Ontario will gain 15 electoral districts as a result of the increase in its population from 11,410,046 in 2001 to 12,851,821, as captured in the 2011 Census.
The proposed new electoral districts are located in the following areas: Brampton (2), Cambridge, Durham (2), Hamilton, Markham (2), Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Simcoe, Toronto (2) and York. As well, despite a slight population decline, the commission has maintained 10 electoral districts in Northern Ontario as a minimum for its effective representation.
"Population shifts and increases, efforts to honour existing municipal boundaries whenever possible, and the establishment of 15 new electoral districts have required substantial adjustment to Ontario's electoral map," said the Honourable Mr. Justice George Valin, chair of the three-member commission. Mr. Douglas Colbourne and Dr. Leslie Pal are the other members of the commission responsible for readjusting the province's federal electoral boundaries.
Under the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, the commission's main aim in redrawing boundaries is to divide the province into electoral districts as close to the average population as reasonably possible. The population of a district should remain within 25% of the average once consideration is given to communities of interest or identity, and historical and geographic factors. A commission can depart from the 25% guideline to deal with extraordinary circumstances.
The commission makes final decisions about where the electoral boundaries will be located after consultation, giving the public and members of Parliament an opportunity to express their views and participate in the process.
To consult the proposal online, visit www.federal-redistribution.ca; to obtain a copy, contact the commission (see contact information below).
Residents of Ontario are invited to share their views on the proposed federal electoral map at the following public hearings:
Everyone is invited to attend. For complete address information for public hearings, visit www.federal‑redistribution.ca under Ontario > Public Hearings. Those wishing to make a presentation at a hearing are requested to send the commission written notice no later than October 1.
Notices of presentation should include:
Written notice can be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address below. Alternatively, the Public Hearings Notice Form can be filled out online at www.federal‑redistribution.ca under Ontario > Public Hearings.
Learn more about the redistribution of federal electoral districts at www.federal‑redistribution.ca.
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario
130 King Street West
36th Floor, Suite 3670
P.O. Box 368
Tel.: 1-855-747-7224 (toll-free)
Fax: 1-855-747-7225 (toll-free)
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