Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who are the candidates?

Details on the PC Leadership candidates can be found here:

Tanya Granic Allen
@TGranicAllen Visit Website
Christine Elliott
@celliottability Visit Website
Caroline Mulroney
@c_mulroney Visit Website

2. How do I vote?

In order to vote, members will be required to do the following:

  • Members will receive a unique 12 digit Verification PIN in the mail
  • During the verification period (Febrary 22nd – March 8th until 8:00pm, 2018) members will be directed online to provide their unique 12 digit verification PIN and verify their membership information that we have on record.
  • The voting period is from March 2nd – March 9th, 2018 until 12:00pm.
  • Independent third-parties will be responsible for verifying membership eligibility, processing votes, and securely maintaining personal information.

3. How were these rules determined?

On January 31, 2018, the Ontario PC Party Executive met to determine the rules of the 2018 Ontario PC Leadership Race, based on the submission of the Leadership Election Organizing Committee struck by the Executive.

4. When do I have to become a member by in order to vote?

You must have been a member by February 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm, in order to vote in the 2018 Ontario PC Leadership Race.

5. What is the voting period?

The verification period is when members are able to verify their membership, as long as it was purchased by February 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm. Eligible voting members are able to verify themselves, as they would at an in-person voting station, during this period, in order to receive their online ballot. All members that have verified themselves by March 8th, 2018 until 8:00pm, will be able to vote for the new leader.

6. When will I receive my unique verification number?

Secure, remote, electronic voting offers a number benefits, including:

  • Convenience and accessibility
  • Increased voter turnout
  • Elimination of long line-ups
  • Elimination of mismarked or spoiled ballots and other invalid results

Our party membership stretches into every corner and community of our province, and we wanted to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.Personalized sealed letters containing unique verification numbers were mailed to all eligible Ontario PC Party members beginning on February 20th. If you have not received your letter containing your unique verification number please email us at: leadershipvoting@ontariopc.com

7. How do I verify my membership?

With the unique 12 digit Verification PIN you have received by mail, navigate to

8. During the verification period can I take a photo of my ID, rather than a scan it?

Yes. Visit https://www.ontariopc.ca/approved_membership_ids to see our acceptable forms of ID.

The verification period will be from February 21st to March 8th until 8:00PM.

9. Must I keep my verification number?

Yes, do not discard your unique 12 digit Verification PIN. You will need this number for extended verification if necessary (e.g. if the upload is blurry).

10. Until when can I verify my membership?

March 8th, 2018 at 8:00pm at verify.pcleadership2018.ca.

11. Why does my verification number not work?

If you have already verified your membership then your unique 12 digit Verification PIN cannot be used again. Please note that some characters (Zeroes and the letter 0, Ones and the letter I, Twos and the letter Z) in the Verification PIN are easily mistaken; please try entering your Verification PIN again. Please visit: www.ontariopc.ca/pin_help_sheets for more help information.

12. When is the voting period?

Voting will be conducted through secure remote electronic voting on March 2nd – 9th, 2018 until 12:00pm. Members who have verified their membership during the verification period will receive an email describing how to vote.

13. Why is the voting being conducted online?

Secure, remote, electronic voting offers a number benefits, including:

  • Convenience and accessibility
  • Increased voter turnout
  • Elimination of long line-ups
  • Elimination of mismarked or spoiled ballots and other invalid results

14. What kind of identification do I need to show in order to vote?

Please visit:https://www.ontariopc.ca/approved_membership_ids to see a list of the acceptable forms of ID.

15. Do I need to have my membership card or know my membership number in order to vote?

No, however, you will need the unique 12 digit Verification PIN sent to you by mail in order to verify your membership.

16. May I vote from outside of the province?

Yes, you may verify your membership or vote from anywhere, as long as you have been verified, by the unique 12 digit Verification PIN sent to you by mail, in order to verify your membership status before voting.

17. Can I vote in person or by phone?

No, all voting will take place online, through a secure remote electronic voting.

18. How may I vote if I do not have access to a computer?

Voting will be conducted online through March 2nd – 9th, 2018 until 12:00pm.

As per the PC Party Constitution, you may seek assistance in voting. You may ask a trusted family member or friend to help with the online voting process. If you need any more assistance, access to a computer, or help voting, please contact your riding association or a leadership campaign.

19. How are the votes counted?

The Leadership race is conducted through a modified one-member, one-vote system.

Voters will have the opportunity to rank their candidates in order of preference, but voters are not required to rank more than one candidate.

Ridings are awarded up to 100 electoral votes, which are divided up among candidates in proportion to their vote in the riding.

In cases where fewer than 100 members vote, the total electoral votes that the riding receives is equivalent to the total number of votes cast.

In order to win the Leadership, a candidate has to get more than 50 per cent of the electoral votes.

A candidate drops off the ballot if they place last on a ballot or if they have fewer than 10 per cent of electoral votes on a ballot.

20. Will people at the party be able to see who I voted for?

No. The voting and tabulating will be conducted electronically and will not trace back to an individual voter. This information ensures a secret ballot vote.

21. Will my personal information be kept private and secure?

Yes. A third-party vendor will be responsible for securely maintaining personal information during the race.

Following the conclusion of the election, all copies of identification documents will be destroyed.

22. Will there be a Leadership Announcement?

The new Leader of the Ontario PC Party will be announced on March 10th at an official Leadership Announcement event.

23. Will there be any Leadership debates and how do I watch them?

The first Leadership Debate was hosted by Steve Paikin and TVO. To watch, visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThzTrGqENHA

The second leadership debate was on February 28, 2018, live from the Shaw Centre in Ottawa at 6:30 PM. It was hosted by Althia Raj, the Ottawa Bureau Chief of HuffPost Canada. To watch, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTqzs9Htm8s

Am I Eligible to Vote

Only active members who have signed up on February 16, 2018 or prior can vote in the 2018 Ontario PC Leadership contest.

The Membership Deadline to be eligible to vote in the 2018 Leadership Election has now passed.You can still buy or renew a membership below, but only individuals with memberships purchased on or before February 16th, 2018 are eligible to participate in the 2018 Leadership Election. See the Leadership FAQ for more information.