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Available positions for employment on polling days

During an electoral event, many election officer positions become available to Canadians. Each position has its own set of principal tasks and qualifications, as well as a minimum set of competencies.

Individuals interested in applying for these positions must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  1. Basic literacy skills (reading, writing and comprehension)
  2. Basic interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise impartiality
  3. Ability to serve voters with disabilities
  4. Ability to perform repetitive tasks
  5. Basic arithmetical skills
  6. Basic analytical skills
  7. Good attention to detail
  8. Ability to adhere to directions and standards
  9. Ability to learn in a short time frame

Notes: Individuals must also be able to remain non–partisan in all dealings with the public during their time of employment, and they must be prepared to work long hours.
*Canadian citizens who are at least 16 years old on election day are invited to apply, however, priority will be given to individuals who are at least 18 years of age.

The available election officer positions are described below.

Position Principal Tasks Overview of Qualifications Remuneration*
(Rates are subject to change)
Deputy returning officer**
(polling day)
  • Sets up the poll with the necessary supplies
  • Ensures that the elector provides satisfactory proof of identity and address before voting
  • Hands the ballot to the elector and indicates the instructions to follow
  • Ensures that the poll clerk and candidates’ representatives follow the rules and procedures
  • Manages the registration process at the polling station when no registration officer is appointed
  • Ensures that all partisan material is removed
  • Counts the ballots, completes the related forms and informs the local Elections Canada office of the results
  • Returns the ballot box and related materials to the returning officer or central poll supervisor, as instructed, at the end of voting
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old on polling day
  • Reside in the electoral district
  • Have experience in managing large groups to help electors circulate in an orderly fashion
  • Have experience in public relations
  • Have experience in conflict resolution
  • Be tactful and exercise good judgment
  • Remain polite and courteous (demonstrate professionalism)

$214.86
For 1 day of up to 14 hours

Deputy returning officer** (advance polling days)
  • Sets up the poll with the necessary supplies
  • Ensures that the elector provides satisfactory proof of identity and address before voting
  • Hands the ballot to the elector and indicates the instructions to follow
  • Ensures that the poll clerk and candidates’ representatives follow the rules and procedures
  • Manages the registration process at the polling station when no registration officer is appointed
  • Ensures that all partisan material is removed
  • Counts the ballots, completes the related forms and informs the local Elections Canada office of the results on election night
  • Returns the ballot box and related materials to the returning officer, as instructed, at the end of voting
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old on polling day
  • Reside in the electoral district
  • Have experience in managing large groups to help electors circulate in an orderly fashion
  • Have experience in public relations
  • Have experience in conflict resolution
  • Be tactful and exercise good judgment
  • Remain polite and courteous (demonstrate professionalism)

$429.71
For 3 days of about 8 hours each and for the time required to count the ballots on election night

Poll clerk***
(polling day)
  • Assists the deputy returning officer to set up and open the polling station
  • Assists the deputy returning officer to ensure that voting proceeds in an orderly fashion
  • Locates the elector’s name on the list of electors and strikes it through
  • Assists with counting the ballots
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old on polling day
  • Reside in the electoral district
  • Have experience in managing large groups to help electors circulate in an orderly fashion
  • Have experience in public relations
  • Be accurate in recording and processing information
  • Remain polite and courteous (demonstrate professionalism)
  • Be tactful and exercise good judgment

$177.32
For 1 day of up to 14 hours

Poll clerk***
(advance polling days)
  • Assists the deputy returning officer to set up and open the polling station
  • Assists the deputy returning officer to ensure that voting proceeds in an orderly fashion
  • Locates the elector’s name on the list of electors and strikes it through
  • Assists with counting the ballots on election night
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old on polling day
  • Reside in the electoral district
  • Have experience in managing large groups to help electors circulate in an orderly fashion
  • Have experience in public relations
  • Be accurate in recording and processing information
  • Remain polite and courteous (demonstrate professionalism)
  • Be tactful and exercise good judgment

$354.60
For 3 days of about 8 hours each and for the time required to count the ballots on election night

Information officer (polling day)
  • Directs electors and candidates’ representatives to the appropriate polling station
  • Provides electors with information regarding satisfactory proof of identity and address
  • Consults the poll key to determine electors’ polling divisions
  • Directs the orderly flow of people in the central polling place
  • Ensures that the poll closes at the prescribed time and that electors in the central polling place are processed by that time and have exercised their right to vote
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old on polling day
  • Have good communication skills to effectively provide direction and instructions
  • Have experience in managing large groups to help electors circulate in an orderly fashion
  • Remain polite and courteous (demonstrate professionalism)

 

$10.43/hour
For 1 day of up to 14 hours

Registration officer****
(polling day)
  • Sets up the registration desk
  • Admits candidates’ representatives
  • Receives electors who wish to register to vote
  • Explains the registration process
  • Requests and verifies personal identification and residence information
  • Completes and signs the registration form for qualified electors
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old on polling day
  • Reside in the electoral district
  • Have experience in receiving, obtaining and recording personal information from the general public
  • Have experience in conflict resolution
  • Remain polite and courteous (demonstrate professionalism)

$14.19/hour
For 1 day of up to 14 hours

 

Central poll supervisor
(polling day)
  • Ensures that polls are set up as required and that they open and close promptly at the prescribed time
  • Ensures that election officers are there on time
  • Directs the work of election officers in the central polling place
  • Supervises the counting of the ballots
  • Manages the collection and return of ballot boxes
  • Provides the returning officer with the results of the count for the polling stations in the central polling place
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 16 years old on polling day
  • Reside in the electoral district
  • Have experience in managing large groups to help electors circulate in an orderly fashion
  • Have experience in public relations
  • Have experience in conflict resolution

$17.18/hour
For 1 day of up to 14 hours

 

*A training session will be given to all election officers. Remuneration for the training is $35.00.
** Deputy returning officers – Hiring priority will be given to suitable persons whose names were recommended by the candidate of the registered political party whose candidate finished first in the electoral district in the last election.
*** Poll clerks – Hiring priority will be given to suitable persons whose names were recommended by the candidate of the registered political party whose candidate finished second in the electoral district in the last election.
**** Registration officers – Hiring priority will be given to suitable persons whose names were recommended by the candidates of the registered political parties whose candidates finished first and second in the electoral district in the last election.