Government Relations Office provides Federal Election Guidance


(Electoral guidelines are designed to promote safe engagement in the electoral process for students.)

Election Guidance

The Government Relations Office is providing guidance for electoral candidates and the university community for the 2021 federal election. This will assist safe engagement of students in the electoral process while maintaining the university’s role as a publicly-supported, non-partisan institution.  

Candidates seeking to canvass voters in constituencies that are home to University of Toronto residences must follow policies designed to ensure the health and safety of students and the broader university community. These include the wearing of masks in indoor spaces, self-screening forms and completion of vaccination status attestation forms.  

Residence administrators will facilitate access and timing for candidates to canvass students living in university housing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university is not accepting external space booking requests at this time. 

The guidelines underline that U of T neither supports nor endorses any particular candidate or party at any level of government. Read the guidelines below: 

Election Guidelines for Candidates

Election Guidelines for U of T Community



Your Guide to Fall 2021 at U of T including UCheck

Are you looking for more info on financial assistance? Check out the Financial Support & Funding

Want to see how you can help? COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities 

Campus Visits

Do you want to showcase your research or project to government?

University departments and units can contact the Government Relations Office for advice on how to invite politicians to campus through the Plan A Visit form

Civic Engagement

Are you looking to get involved? 

Some resources for political and community engagement are listed on our Political Participation Resources page.

Communicating with Politicians

Are you looking to contact a political representative directly? Consult our guide.

What types of communication should be reported to the university? Check appropriate protocol in our Lobbyist Registry

Are you searching for contact information for government representatives? 

Governments of Canada & Ontario have databases for searching public servants, Ministers, MPs, MPPs and their staff.

These are the local representatives at the University of Toronto’s three campuses: 

St. George Campus – (University- Rosedale)

Chrystia Freeland, Federal | 613-992-5234 | [email protected]

Jessica Bell, Provincial | 416-325-1620 | [email protected] 

Mike Layton, Municipal | 416-392-4009 | [email protected]

Mississauga Campus- (Mississauga- Erin Mills)

Iqra Khalid, Federal | 613-995-7321 | [email protected]

Sheref Sabawy, Provincial | 416-326-7253 | [email protected] 

Matt Mahoney, Municipal, Ward 8 | 905-896-5800 | [email protected]

Scarborough Campus – (Scarborough- Rouge Park)

Gary Anandasangaree, Federal | 613.992.1351| [email protected]

Vijay Thanigasalm, Provincial | 416-326-7274 | [email protected]

Jennifer McKelvie, Municipal | 416-338-3771 | [email protected] 

Legislative Directory

Do you want to search for legislation or regulations?

City of Toronto electronic by-law registry

Mississauga electronic by-law registry 

Ontario Newsroom

Canada Newsroom

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada News

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council