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Guide to the federal election

election / Monday, October 21


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Voter's checklist

  • Make sure you're registered at your current address
  • Watch for your voter information card in the mail
  • Make a plan to vote
    • At your assigned polling station on election day, October 21
    • At your assigned polling station on advance polling days, October 11, 12, 13 or 14
    • At any Elections Canada office across Canada before October 15, 6:00 p.m.
    • By mail: visit to find out more (deadlines apply)
  • Find out who the candidates are in your riding
  • Bring ID when you go to vote

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There is a federal election this year

Make sure you're registered to get a voter information card

Photo of the Voter information card

If you're registered, you will get a voter information card in the mail after the election is called. It tells you where and when you can vote. Bring this card with you, along with accepted ID, when you go to vote to make the voting process easier.

If you don't get a card, or if the information on it is wrong, you may not be registered or your voter information may not be up to date. Visit or call us at 1-800-463-6868 to check and update your registration. You can also register when you go to vote.

To register and vote in the federal election, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old on election day
  • prove your identity and address

Ways to vote

You can vote almost any time during the election period. Choose the voting option that works best for you.

Check your voter information card for your voting days, locations and times.

  1. On election day ●  Monday, October 21
    Your assigned polling station will be open for 12 hours (hours vary by province).
  2. On advance polling days ●  Friday, October 11
    ●  Saturday, October 12
    ●  Sunday, October 13
    ●  Monday, October 14
    Your assigned polling station will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  3. At any Elections Canada office across Canada Go to any Elections Canada office before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process. After the election is called, visit or call us to find the office nearest you.
  4. By mail Visit or call us to find out more. Deadlines apply.

ID to vote

You have three options to prove your identity and address.

  • Option 1

    Show one of these pieces of ID

    • your driver's licence
    • any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address


  • Option 2

    Show two pieces of ID

    Both must have your name and at least one must have your current address.


    • voter information card and bank statement
    • utility bill and student ID card

    Don't have these? No problem!

    There are other pieces of accepted ID.

    Check out the full list at


  • Option 3

    If you don't have ID

    You can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you.

    The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).


All electors are assigned to polling stations for election day and advance polling days. After the election is called, make sure your assigned polling stations meet your accessibility needs by:

  • checking your voter information card;
  • entering your postal code into the Voter Information Service box at; or
  • calling us at 1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY).

If you have concerns about the accessibility of your assigned polling stations, call us.

To request voting assistance in advance, including language and sign language interpretation, call the Elections Canada office in your riding before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.

Voting assistance tools and services on election day:

  • Bigger ballot with candidate names in large print
  • Magnifiers (4x)
  • Large-print and braille lists of candidates
  • Large-grip pencil
  • Tactile and braille voting template
  • Assistance marking your ballot