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Staggered Voting Hours

The hours of voting on election day at a general election, or when by-elections are held on the same day in more than one time zone, have been staggered so that the majority of results are available at approximately the same time across the country.

Voting hours at polling places for each time zone across Canada.
Time zone
Polls open and close in local time
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).

If an electoral district spans more than one time zone, the returning officer, with the prior approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, determines one local time for voting throughout the district.

When a by-election takes place in a single electoral district, or when by-elections are held in more than one electoral district in the same time zone, voting hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

November 2014