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Voting process

To register and vote in federal elections, you must:

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

Make sure you're registered at your current address

Ways to register or check if you are registered:

  • online, using the Voter Registration Service
  • by calling us at 1-800-463-6868; we'll send you a registration form by mail, email or fax.
  • in person when you go to vote

For more information visit our registration page.


Watch for your voter information card in the mail

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

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Voter Information Card

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Federal Election

To vote, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old on election day
  • prove your identity and address (full list of ID accepted at the polls)

Visit elections.ca to know what ID is accepted.

Bring this card with you, along with ID, to make the voting process easier.

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Incorrect name or address? Check your registration at elections.ca.

Address section

(Your address will appear here.)

If you don't get a voter information card in the mail, or the information on it is wrong, your voter information may not be up to date. Use the Online Voter Registration Service to check or update your registration. You can also register or update your voter information when you go to vote.

Make a plan to vote

After making sure you're registered at your current address, plan where and when you will vote. Here are the different ways you can vote:


Bring accepted ID when you go to vote

To vote in a federal election, you must prove your identity and address. Check the complete list of accepted ID to vote.

Voting assistance tools and services

Elections Canada offers many tools and services to make voting in federal elections easier. Download the complete list of tools and services available on election day.

If you require assistance during the voting process, call us, visit an Elections Canada office or speak to an election worker when you go to vote.