To register and vote in the federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on election day, and prove your identity and address.
Am I registered to vote?
Most Canadians who are eligible to vote are already registered in the National Register of Electors. If you are registered and checked off both Elections Canada boxes on your tax return this year, your registration will be updated with your current home address.
To check if you are registered, update your address information or register to vote, use the Online Voter Registration Service or call us at 1‑800‑463‑6868.
How do I register to vote?
You can register now:
- Use the Online Voter Registration Service
- Contact us and we'll mail you a registration form. Complete the form, sign it and mail it back to us. You will need to include a copy of your proof of identity and address.
You can register after the election is called:
- Use the Online Voter Registration Service before the Tuesday before election day, 6 p.m.
- In person at any local Elections Canada office across Canada until the Tuesday before election day, 6 p.m.
- You can register at the polls when you go to vote on election day or advance polling days.
Why register before the election?
To vote in a federal election, you must be registered on the list of electors. You can register at the polls when you go to vote, but if you're registered before the election, you'll get a personalized voter information card in the mail automatically after the election is called. It tells you when, where and the ways to vote.
Bring your voter information card with you, along with accepted ID, to make the voting process easier.
How do I update my voter information?
You can update your voter information using the Voter Registration Service now or at any Elections Canada office across Canada after the election is called.
What ID do I need to register?
You must prove your identity and address to register and vote in a federal election.
When is the federal election?
Since May 2007, the Canada Elections Act provides for a general election (also known as a federal election) to be held on a fixed date: the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the previous general election. As the last election took place on October 19, 2015, the next fixed election date is October 21, 2019.
That said, the Canada Elections Act does not prevent a general election from being called at another date.
General elections are called when, on the advice of the Prime Minister, the Governor General dissolves Parliament. The Governor in Council (the Governor General, acting on the advice of Cabinet) sets the date of the election.
The Canada Elections Act (section 57) specifies that the election period must last a minimum of 36 days and a maximum of 50 days.
Registration and Voting Processes for Canadians Who Live Abroad
Canadian citizens who live abroad may apply to be on the International Register of Electors, which will allow them to vote by mail-in special ballot in the federal election.
Canadian electors living abroad who have previously resided in Canada are entitled to vote by special ballot in federal elections, regardless of how long they have been living abroad.
Who is eligible to register and vote?
To register and vote in a federal election, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be at least 18 years old on election day
- prove your identity and address