Nearly 20 polling places have been set up by the North Bay and District Health Coalition for its citizen-run referendum on public versus private health care.
Officials are asking residents if they want public hospital services to be privatized to a for-profit hospital or clinic.
The referendum is a response to provincial legislation expanding for-profit clinics and hospitals to take on surgeries and diagnostic procedures typically done at public hospitals, something the province claims will make it easier and quicker to access care.
Ontario residents 16 and older can cast ballots on May 26 and 27.
Voting locations include:
Mattawa – Scott’s Discount 328 Main Street
Corbeil – CREVIER-Lucky 13 General store 368 on-94
Bonfield – Rolly’s Pitstop 232 Yonge Street
Astorville – East Ferris Community Centre arena 1267 Village RD
Powassan – China Garden 458 Main Street
Trout Creek – Friendship Centre 138 McEachern Street
Sundridge – Double Decker 10397 Hwy 124
Redbridge – 8401 ON-63 convenience stores
Sturgeon Falls – 206 King Street
Callander – Foodland 30 Bay Street
– Health Coalition Campaign office 335 Main Street East
– Home Hardware 1300 Algonquin Ave
– Moose’s Cookhouse 134 Main Street East
– Pellerin Paints 1143 Fisher Street
– North Bay Museum 100 Ferguson Street
– Lucky 13 555 McKeown Ave
– Hit The Spot 150 Mountainview Drive
– CUPE Office drive through 120 Lakeshore drive
– Metro 390 Lakeshore drive
Votes can also be cast online at PublicHospitalVote.ca.
Officials previously said results are expected May 30.
Bill 60, an act to amend and enact various acts with respect to the health system received Royal Assent on May 18.