Elections Canada offices at select campuses, Friendship Centres and community centres
In the 2015 federal general election, Elections Canada will launch a pilot project to open offices at select campuses, Friendship Centres and community centres. These new offices will be additional service points where people can get information, register and vote.
What can electors do at these offices? Who will be able to use them?
All eligible voters – Canadian citizens who will be 18 or older on election day – can visit these and other Elections Canada offices to get information, register and vote on site.
Unlike advance and election day polling places, which serve only those whose home is nearby and who are assigned to vote there, Elections Canada offices are open to all voters, no matter where in Canada they may live.
Voting will be by special ballot: votes will count in the riding where the voter's home address is located, wherever that may be. For this reason, Elections Canada offices are particularly convenient for voters who are outside their riding during the election period.
When will the offices open?
These offices will be open for four days during the next federal general election, from the Monday to Thursday that fall 14 to 11 days before election day (October 5–8).
They will be open for up to 10 hours per day, depending on the size of the institution.
Where will the offices be located?
The plan is to open offices across the country on approximately 39 campuses (universities, colleges and CEGEPs), at 13 Friendship Centres and a few community centres. Some institutions, such as large campuses, may have multiple offices.
Confirmed locations are posted to the Web. Locations contained in this list will be updated as required and other locations may be added as they are confirmed.
How will you choose where to open offices?
Sites will be selected based on predefined criteria and the availability of suitable rental space. Among other requirements, the space must be available for two weeks during the election period and be large, secure and physically accessible.
To develop the selection criteria, Elections Canada consulted with groups representing community centres, students, campus administrators and Aboriginal communities.
The main criterion for campuses was the size of the population attending the institution, followed by regional representation.
Why not open these offices at every campus, Friendship Centre and community centre?
This is a pilot project for the 2015 election. For this initial deployment, we are opening a limited number of locations in order to measure the demand for this service and to provide us with feedback that will help us consider options to continue or build upon the program for future elections.
What if my campus, Friendship Centre or community centre does not have one of these Elections Canada offices?
Even if this particular kind of office is not open near you, you still have several other voting options to choose from.
It should be noted that campuses, Friendship Centres and community centres are often chosen as locations for advance or election day polls. You can vote at these polls if your home is nearby and you are assigned to vote there.
How will Elections Canada promote these offices?
During the election period, we will publicize the offices' locations and hours through the website, social media, advertisements and outreach to local groups.