01/31/2013 01:33 EST | Updated 04/02/2013 05:12 EDT

Toronto's Non-Citizens May Soon Get The Vote

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TORONTO - Toronto residents who aren't Canadian citizens may be able to vote in the city's next election.

A motion passed Thursday by the city's community development and recreation committee said all permanent residents should have the right to vote in the 2014 municipal elections, regardless of their citizenship status.

The motion followed the release of a report called the Toronto Newcomer Strategy.

Coun. Ana Bailao says many non-citizens have lived in Toronto for numerous years, yet aren’t able to make vote on issues that affect them every day, such as public transit and garbage disposal.

The Toronto Newcomer Strategy aims to help people who come to the city better contribute to their community.

Council is expected to deal with the issue in about four months.

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