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Polling Locations Accessibility Checklist

Elections Canada tasks returning officers with securing polling places that provide level access in addition to other accessibility features. In so doing, returning officers use our new Polling Locations Accessibility Checklist to evaluate the accessibility of potential sites prior to the election.

This checklist contains 35 criteria, 15 of which are mandatory. This means a site must meet these 15 criteria, at a minimum, to be considered accessible.

During a general election, you can find out how many criteria your polling place meets on your voter information card, in our Voter Information Service by entering your postal code, or by calling us.

When you go to vote, either your site will have an automatic door opener or an election officer will be at the door to provide assistance. Please let this person know how they can help.

Accessibility checklist

Section 1 Parking

  1. Parking available? (Yes/No)
  2. Number of parking spaces:
    On the property:
  3. Parking space(s) for persons with disabilities? (Yes/No)
  4. Surface of parking firm and level? (Yes/No)
  5. Parking lit? (Yes/No)

Section 2 Building Exterior

  1. Sloping sidewalk (Curb cut)? (Yes/No)
  2. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Surface of the pathway is firm and obstacle free? (Yes/No)
  3. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Pathway is at least 920 mm (36") wide? (Yes/No)
    At the narrowest point the pathway measures:
  4. Pathway is free of a long slope? (Yes/No)
  5. Pathway is free of a steep incline? (Yes/No)
  6. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Building provides a level access to the entrance? (no steps) (Yes/No)
  7. Level access ramp is provided? (Yes/No)
  8. If there is a level access ramp, it provides:
    • Handrail? (Yes/No)
    • Non-slip surface? (Yes/No)
    • Clear width of 920 mm (36")? (Yes/No)
    • What is the width of the ramp?
    • A slope of no more than 4.80 (Yes/No)
    • Indicate the steepest result: (# of degrees)
  9. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Exterior building lighting? (Yes/No)
  10. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Building exterior is free of any protruding objects? (Yes/No)
  11. There is signage to locate the level access entrance? (Yes/No)

Section 3 Building Entrance

  1. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Exterior door has a clear opening width of 810 mm (32")? (Yes/No)
    Opening width of this door measures:
  2. Door handles are easy to grip? (Yes/No)
  3. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Door threshold meets maximum standard of 6 mm (1/4")? (Yes/No)
  4. An automatic door opening device is provided (Yes/No)
  5. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Weight of the entrance door allows it to be easily opened? (Yes/No)
  6. Door gives immediate access to the voting room? (Yes/No)

Section 4 Building Interior

  1. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Interior door(s) has a clear opening width of 810 mm (32")? (Yes/No)
    Interior door opening width measurements:
  2. Door handles are easy to grip? (Yes/No)
  3. Automatic door opening devices are provided for interior doors? (Yes/No)
  4. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Weight of interior doors allows them to be easily opened? (Yes/No)
  5. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Door threshold meets maximum standard of 6 mm (1/4")? (Yes/No)
  6. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Corridors have a minimum width of 920 mm (36")? (Yes/No)
    Minimum width of the corridor(s) measures:
  7. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Interior of the building is free of any protruding objects? (Yes/No)
  8. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Voting room is on the same level as the entrance? (Yes/No)
  9. If no, electors can access the voting room using an elevator or a level access ramp? (Yes/No)
  10. If use of an elevator is required, is a key necessary to operate it? (Yes/No)
  11. If electors must use a ramp to access the voting room, this ramp provides:
    • Handrail? (Yes/No)
    • Non-slip surface? (Yes/No)
    • Clear width of 920 mm (36")? (Yes/No)
    • What is the width of the ramp?
    • A slope of no more than 4.80 (Yes/No)
    • Indicate the steepest result: (# of degrees)
  12. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Interior lighting works? (Yes/No)
  13. Wheelchair accessible washroom (Yes/No)
    Are there any grab bars? (Yes/No)

Polling Locations Accessibility Checklist – Only mandatory criteria

Section 1 Parking

  • (No mandatory criteria)

Section 2 Building Exterior

  1. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Surface of the pathway is firm and obstacle free? (Yes/No)
  2. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Pathway is at least 920 mm (36") wide? (Yes/No)
    At the narrowest point the pathway measures:
  3. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Building provides a level access to the entrance? (no steps) (Yes/No)
  4. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Exterior building lighting? (Yes/No)
  5. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Building exterior is free of any protruding objects? (Yes/No)

Section 3 Building Entrance

  1. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Exterior door has a clear opening width of 810 mm (32")? (Yes/No)
    Opening width of this door measures:
  2. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Door threshold meets maximum standard of 6 mm (1/4")? (Yes/No)
  3. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Weight of the entrance door allows it to be easily opened? (Yes/No)

Section 4 Building Interior

  1. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Interior door(s) has a clear opening width of 810 mm (32")? (Yes/No)
    Interior door opening width measurements:
  2. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Weight of interior doors allows them to be easily opened? (Yes/No)
  3. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Door threshold meets maximum standard of 6 mm (1/4")? (Yes/No)
  4. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Corridors have a minimum width of 920 mm (36")? (Yes/No)
    Minimum width of the corridor(s) measures:
  5. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Interior of the building is free of any protruding objects? (Yes/No)
  6. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Voting room is on the same level as the entrance? (Yes/No)
  7. [Mandatory accessibility criteria] Interior lighting works? (Yes/No)

Section 5 Overall evaluation

  1. Does this site meet all the mandatory criteria? (Yes/No)
  2. If not, is it possible to modify the site so that it will meet all the mandatory criteria? (Yes/No)
    Was the evaluation done on site? (Yes/No)
    If yes, when:

Section 6 General Comments

Additional comments and hazards or obstacles (such as edges, pot holes, or wide cracks) not already mentioned.