Registration at the Polls
Elections Canada strongly encourages you to make sure that your name appears on the list of electors for an election or by-election. If you are not on the list, you can register:
- during the 28-day revision period, beginning on the 33rd day before election day, and ending at 6:00 p.m. (local time) on the sixth day before election day
- at the polling station during an advance poll, or
- at the polling station on election day
Finding your polling station
If you are not registered on the list of electors, or you have not received a voter information card from Elections Canada showing the address of your polling station, you can get the address by contacting the Elections Canada office in your electoral district. Click here to find your electoral district.
You could also check the address on a voter information card received by another elector in your household.
Registering at an advance or ordinary poll
To have your name added to the list of electors at either an advance or ordinary poll, you must fill in a registration certificate with the registration officer or the poll clerk. Once the Registration Certificate is authorized by the deputy returning officer, and you show satisfactory proof of your identity and address, you can then vote.
Note: One representative of each candidate in the electoral district is legally entitled to be present to observe the process at a Registration Desk; or two representatives per candidate to observe the process at a polling station.
When you vote, you must prove your identity and address (for a list of accepted documents, click here).
You have three options:
- Show one original piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains your photo, name and address (for example, a driver's licence), or
- Show two pieces of identification from a list authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. Both must have your name and at least one must have your address (such as a health card and hydro bill), or
- If you have two pieces of identification but can't prove where you live, you may have your residence attested to by another elector who knows you, who lives in the same polling division as you, and is on the list of electors or is registering to vote (for example, a neighbour or your roommate who has proof of identification and address). In this case, you must both take a written oath.
Note: Pieces of identification must be in either English or French. In Nunavut, pieces of identification will also be accepted in Inuktitut. Expired documents are accepted.