On March 29, 2021, we mailed out letters asking eligible electors to check that their registration is up to date. If you are at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen, you can register to vote at any federal election.
FAQs about Voter Registration Letters
Why did I receive this letter?
As part of the agency's ongoing efforts to make sure the National Register of Electors is accurate, Elections Canada sent this letter to your home, as we want to confirm that all eligible electors (Canadian citizens at least 18 years old) in your household are registered at the correct address. This letter was sent to addresses where we think there may be new occupants since the 2019 general election.
What is the National Register of Electors?
The National Register of Electors (the Register) is a database of Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years old and qualified to vote in federal elections and referendums. It contains basic information about each elector—name, address, gender and date of birth.
The information in the Register is used to create lists of electors during federal elections, by-elections and referendums. It may also be shared with provincial, territorial, and some municipal electoral agencies that have signed agreements with Elections Canada, as permitted by the Canada Elections Act. Canadians may choose whether or not to have their names included in the Register or shared with electoral agencies.
Elections Canada takes precautions to make sure that the information in the Register is kept secure and used for authorized purposes only.
What happens when I register?
When you register, we add your information to the National Register of Electors, the database of people qualified to vote in Canadian federal elections. During federal elections and referendums, we will send you a personalized voter information card that tells you when and where to vote. If you register in advance, you will save time at the polls.
Do I have to register again to vote for future federal elections?
No. Once your name is in the National Register of Electors, your registration remains valid. However, if you move, you will have to update your address.
I'm not a Canadian citizen. What should I do with the letter?
You must be a Canadian citizen to register or to vote. Please disregard the letter. If you become a Canadian citizen in the future, you can register to vote at that time.
I recently received a different letter from Elections Canada asking me to register. Why am I getting this letter?
Elections Canada regularly sends letters to people in different demographic groups that asks eligible electors (Canadian citizens at least 18 years old) to confirm that they are registered at the right address. Although we try to avoid sending more than one letter to each individual, it is possible for an individual (or several people in a household) to receive two different letters, because they are in both of the groups that we are trying to reach.
I am a student. Which address should I use to register to vote?
If you are at least 18 years old and a Canadian citizen, you should register to vote at the place you consider your home.
If you are a student, this can be:
- where you live while at school OR
- where you live while not at school (e.g. with your parents)
You must have ID with that address to register and vote.
What's the difference between a mailing address and a residential address?
Your mailing address is the one you commonly use to receive mail and may include a post office box number, rural route or other specific mailing information. We need this address during elections to mail you information about when and where to vote.
Your residential address is the one you use to indicate your residence and usually consists of a building number, street name, municipality, province and postal code. We need this information to determine the polling station to which to assign you to vote in a federal election.
If I register to vote with Elections Canada, does that also register me to vote in provincial, territorial and municipal elections?
We have agreements to share voter registration information with provincial, territorial and some municipal electoral agencies. However, it's always best to check with your local electoral agency to make sure you are registered.
How can I be sure that this letter is really from Elections Canada?
Elections Canada always sends letters to individuals about their registration by mail. We never ask you to share personal information or answer security questions via email or text message.
Before entering and sending any personal information online, make sure that the page is secure by looking for the security seal (closed padlock) and "https://" in the URL address field at the top of your browser. You will see these security features when using Elections Canada's Online Voter Registration Service.
The privacy of all information in the National Register of Electors is protected by the Canada Elections Act and the Privacy Act. Elections Canada takes precautions to make sure that the information in the Register is kept secure and used for authorized purposes only
Why am I being asked to provide my email address and/or phone number through the Online Voter Registration Service?
Providing this information is optional. We ask you to provide your email address and/or phone number so that we can follow up with you if more information is needed to process your request.
What if I can't register online?
Check that the information you entered is accurate and complete, or make any required corrections and submit it again. If you still can't register, call us at 1-800-463-6868 for assistance.
What is a TTY service?
A TTY is a special device that lets people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired use the telephone to communicate by enabling them to type messages back and forth to one another instead of talking and listening. A TTY is needed at both ends of the conversation to communicate. Elections Canada's TTY service line is 1-800-361-8935.