Toronto Votes 2018

Vote Compass launches for Toronto's 2018 municipal election

For the first time ever, CBC Toronto is running its Vote Compass tool to help you choose your next mayor and city councillor.

Compare your political views with the mayoral frontrunners and council candidates in your ward

Need help deciding what city council candidate would best represent your issues? Vote Compass is here to help. (Lauren Pelley/CBC)

For the first time ever, CBC Toronto is running its Vote Compass tool to help you choose your next city councillor.

The Toronto version of Vote Compass — a civic engagement tool that's been used by millions of Canadians in provincial and federal elections — features a range of questions that touch on everything from transit plans to public safety to how much tax you think you should pay.

The survey takes just minutes to fill out (you can likely complete it on your mobile phone during a TTC commute) and your responses will be matched with the two leading mayoral contenders and those hoping to become your city councillor, as well.

"Vote Compass is an easy way to understand how your views about how the city should be run line up with the candidates who are vying to run it," said Clifton van der Linden, the CEO of Vox Pop Labs, the organization behind Vote Compass.

On Thursday, van der Linden was on CBC Radio's Metro Morning to explain more about how Vote Compass works. You can listen to that conversation in the player below. 

The municipal election is less than three weeks away. Do you know who you want to be mayor or to represent you on council? If in doubt perhaps Vote Compass can help. It's an application that can show you where the candidates stand on the issues and how their values align with yours. 7:03

Many candidates have submitted their policies directly to Vox Pop Labs for the survey, and those who haven't may still do so. The responses of incumbent councillors have been checked against their voting records.

Van der Linden says the goal is to "cut through a lot of the noise and rhetoric" that's part of the normal political landscape. 

You may find the tool especially useful this year, due to the province's move to slash the size of Toronto city council nearly in half by redrawing the ward map. All you'll need to complete it is your postal code and opinions.

Toronto's election is set for Oct. 22.