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FAQs about the Register of Future Electors

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What is the Register of Future Electors?

The Register of Future Electors contains information (name, date of birth, gender, address, and unique identifier) on Canadians citizens aged between 14 and 17 who consented to register with Elections Canada. When these citizens turn 18, this information is used to update the National Register of Electors to produce lists of electors for federal elections and referendums.

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What is the purpose of the Register of Future Electors?

When the individuals listed on Elections Canada's Register of Future Electors (ROFE) turn 18, the ROFE will be used to update the National Register of Electors (NROE). Consequently, the update will ensure better lists of electors for federal elections and referendums.

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When was the Register of Future Electors implemented?

The Register of Future Electors came into force on April 1, 2019, as a result of Bill C‑76, known as the Elections Modernization Act, receiving Royal Assent on December 13, 2018.

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How is the Register of Future Electors different from the National Register of Electors?

The Register of Future Electors contains information on individuals aged 14 to 17. These individuals are not authorized to vote in federal elections and referendums. Their information is shared solely with authorized electoral agencies. Upon turning 18, they will be added to the National Register of Electors (NROE).

The NROE is the permanent database of Canadian citizens aged 18 and older who are eligible to vote in federal elections and referendums. Elections Canada uses the NROE to produce lists of electors for federal elections and referendums. These lists of electors are shared with political parties, members of Parliament, candidates, and provincial, territorial, or municipal electoral agencies. Created in 1997, the NROE is continually updated using federal, provincial, and territorial administrative and electoral data sources as well as information provided by electors.

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Who is eligible to register in this Register of Future Electors?

Individuals must be aged between 14 and 17 and must be Canadian citizens to register as qualified future electors.

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How do I apply to be on the Register of Future Electors?

If you are a Canadian citizen aged between 14 and 17, contact us, and we will send you a registration form by mail, email or fax.

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Can I apply online to register?

At this time, Elections Canada is accepting paper-based registrations of future electors. After the next general election, the online voter registration service will be updated so future electors can register online.

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Is it mandatory to register?

Registration is optional.

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Why should I register before I turn 18?

The Register of Future Electors lets young Canadian citizens aged 14 to 17 register before turning 18. Once they turn 18, their information will be used to update the National Register of Electors (NROE).

By registering in advance, once you are 18, you will receive a voter information card by mail that will tell you when, where and ways to vote in an election. An up-to-date NROE will also speed up the voting process.

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What will happen to my information when I turn 18?

When you turn 18, the personal information on your record will be used to update the National Register of Electors, as you will then be eligible to vote.

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Do I need authorization from my parent, guardian, or tutor to register?

Registration is optional, and the consent of a parent, guardian or tutor is not necessary for a future elector to be added to the Register of Future Electors.

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Is my information in the Register of Future Electors kept confidential?

Yes. The privacy of all information in the Register of Future Electors (ROFE) and the National Register of Electors (NROE) is protected by the Canada Elections Act and the Privacy Act. Elections Canada ensures that the information in the ROFE and the NROE is kept secure and used for authorized purposes only.

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With whom will Elections Canada share my personal information?

The information on the Register of Future Electors may be shared with provincial, territorial, and municipal electoral agencies that are authorized to collect this information and with which Elections Canada has information sharing agreements that include a provision about sharing future electors' information. It will not be shared with political parties, members of Parliament, and candidates.

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What pieces of identification are required to register?

To register, you must provide a photocopy of your identification documents. Suitable proof of identity consists of one piece of identification issued by a Canadian (federal, provincial, or local) government showing your name, photo and current address (e.g. driver's licence or ID card)

If you do not have one document that contains all this information, you can send photocopies of two identification documents. Both documents must show your name, and one must also show your current address (e.g. telephone bill and health card). For more information, see the List of accepted pieces of ID.

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My ID is expired. Will it be accepted?

Yes. We accept expired ID. Make sure it has your full name and current address.

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