Federal Election
Monday, October 21

Voting Hours Across Canada

The hours of voting on election day, for a general election, have been staggered so that the majority of results are available at approximately the same time across the country.

Voting hours at polling places for each time zone across Canada
Time zone Voting hours (local time)
Newfoundland Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Atlantic Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Eastern Time 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Central Time* 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mountain Time* 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Pacific Time 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*In Saskatchewan, when daylight saving time is in effect for the rest of the country, voting hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (local time).

Electoral districts spanning more than one time zone

If an electoral district spans more than one time zone, the returning officer, with the prior approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, determines one local time for voting throughout the district.

The correct voting hours will be listed on the voter information cards sent to electors living in these electoral districts. The voting hours can also be found in the online Voter Information Service under Where do I vote?

The electoral districts spanning more than one time zone are:

  • Labrador
  • Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Kenora
  • Thunder Bay–Rainy River
  • Kootenay–Columbia
  • Nunavut