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Apply to vote by mail

Get ready to apply

This section is for voters residing in the electoral districts of Toronto Centre (Ontario) and York Centre (Ontario) and who will be outside their riding when they submit their application to vote by special ballot.

1. Choose the address where you want to receive your special ballot voting kit

If you will be abroad, you have the option of using the address of a Canadian embassy or consulate as your mailing address – if you arrange it with them beforehand and give them your contact information.

2. Prepare your proof of identity and address

Choose one of these options:

Provide one piece of government-issued ID

It must have your photo, name and current address.


  • driver's licence, or
  • provincial or territorial ID card

Provide two pieces of ID

Show one document with your name, and one with your name and address.


  • health card and phone bill, or
  • debit card and bank statement

Provide an affidavit:

Provide an affidavit, signed before a person authorized to receive oaths in the province or territory, showing your name and home address.

(This option does not apply to people applying in person).

If you prefer to apply in person, you will be required to show your proof of identity and residence or you may take an oath. To do so, you must declare your identity and address in writing, and have someone who knows you vouch for you.

3. Decide how you want to apply

Applying online is fastest. To apply online, you need digital images of your proof of identity and address.

  • Images can be scans or digital photos
  • Size: each file must be under 2.5 MB
  • Format: PDF or any image file type (JPEG, GIF, TIF, PNG, etc.)

Deadlines and reminders

  • Apply ASAP. Elections Canada must receive your completed application by the deadline: 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on October 20, 2020.
  • Allow time for your voting kit to reach you and for your marked ballot to reach Elections Canada in Ottawa by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on election day, October 26, 2020.
  • You can vote only once per by-election. Once you apply to vote by mail (special ballot), this is the only way you can vote. You cannot vote at a polling place.

For other electors

If you live in Canada but are not eligible to vote in one of the current by-elections, you may not apply for a special ballot at this time. You may apply only when an election has been called in your riding.

Please contact us if you have any questions.