Are you ready to vote? Here’s a list of helpful FAQs to get you ready to cast your ballot. For clarification, reach out to Elections Canada directly at www.elections.ca or by calling 1-800-463-6868.

  • Election Day is Monday, September 20, 2021.

  • All people who are Canadian citizens, who are 18 years of age or older on Election Day are eligible to vote.

  • In order to vote in a federal election, you need to prove both your identity and address. The most common way for voters to do this is with a current driver’s licence, but that’s not the only way!

    1. Show one of these pieces of ID:

    • Your driver’s licence
    • Any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address, like an age of majority card.

    2. Show two pieces of ID (or a bill). Both must have your name and one must have your current address. Photo ID is not required. For example: A utility bill and a hospital card, your voter information card and a lease agreement. See the full list of accepted ID.

    3. If you don’t have ID, you can still vote. Voters have the option to declare their identity and address in writing, and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to the same polling station as you vouch for this information. The voucher must be present and must be able to prove their identity and address.

  • Polls are open for 12 hours on Election Day.

    Go to your assigned polling station on Monday, September 20 and cast a ballot. To find your polling station, check your voter information card when it arrives in the mail or use the Elections Canada search function. You do not need to be registered in advance to vote in a Canadian federal election.

    Voting hours:

    Newfoundland Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Atlantic Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Eastern Time 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    Central Time* 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    Mountain Time* 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Pacific Time 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    *In Saskatchewan, when daylight saving time is in effect for the rest of the country, voting hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (local time).

    Do I need to register?

    You can register to vote in person on Election Day or in advance. So while all voters need to be registered, there is no cut-off to register. Use the Online Voter Registration Service to check your status.

    Is my employer required to give me time off to vote?

    By law, everyone who is eligible to vote must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off.

    Your employer has the right to decide when the time off will be given, and it’s better to start this conversation today!

    This rule may not apply if you work in the transportation industry. If you think that your schedule may be tight on Election Day, then vote in advance.

  • You can vote early, either at any Elections Canada office, or at Advanced Polls. Find your polling place from Elections Canada.

    Advanced Polls

    To vote at advanced polls, you can vote at your assigned polling station from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:

    • Friday, September 10;
    • Saturday, September 11;
    • Sunday, September 12;
    • Monday, September 13.

     

    Vote at any Elections Canada office

    There are over 500 Elections Canada offices open across Canada. Vote at any one of them before Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.

    You will vote using the special ballot process.

    Elections Canada offices will be open seven days a week:

    • Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • To vote by mail, apply online or at any Elections Canada office across Canada.

    You must apply before Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.

    Once you have applied to vote by special ballot, you can't change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day.

    To vote by mail, you need to follow three steps:

    1. Apply

    Apply to vote by mail as soon as possible. You can apply online or by contacting any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.

    You will receive your voting kit in the mail.

    2. Complete your Ballot

    When you decide which candidate you want to vote for, complete the kit according to Elections Canada instructions. Learn more about how to find the list of candidates in your riding and how to mark your ballot.

    3. Return your Ballot (deadlines apply!)

    Your voting kit contains everything you need to return it to Elections Canada, including a prepaid envelope. Simply drop the envelope in any mailbox or bring it to a Canada Post retail postal outlet.

    You can also deliver your completed special ballot in person to your local Elections Canada office, but, remember, your ballot must arrive at the address specified in your voting kit by election day.

    Once you have applied to vote by special ballot, you can't change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day.

    Visit Elections Canada to see more information about voting by mail.

  • You can still return your completed vote-by-mail package in person to the address on the pre-addressed return envelope in your special ballot voting kit.

    If the return address is in Ottawa, your completed vote-by-mail package needs to be returned before 6pm Eastern Time tomorrow (Monday, September 20).

    If the return address is the local Elections Canada office in your riding, your completed vote-by-mail package needs to be returned before the time the polls close in your riding tomorrow (Monday, September 20 — see voting times listed below).

    Polls will be open for 12 hours, and voting times are staggered across the country:

    • Newfoundland Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    • Atlantic Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    • Eastern Time 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    • Central Time* 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

    • Mountain Time* 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    • Pacific Time 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    *In Saskatchewan, when daylight saving time is in effect for the rest of the country, voting hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (local time).