Federal Election
Monday, October 21

Registration

Check if you're registered

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.

How do I register to vote?

You can register or update your voter information, including your name, at your assigned polling station on election day, Monday, October 21.

You can also use the Online Voter Registration Service to print a registration certificate, if:

  • you are not yet registered; or
  • your information needs to be updated. 

This certificate is not required to register in person at the polls and is offered only if the service can associate your address with a polling division (within a riding).

You should bring a printed copy of the registration certificate, and sign it only at your polling station in front of the poll worker who is processing your registration.


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 you 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 at your current address , use the Online Voter Registration Service, or call us at 1-800-463-6868.

You can also register or update your voter information, including your name, at your assigned polling station on election day, Monday, October 21.

How do I update my voter information?

You can update your voter information, including your name, at your assigned polling station before you vote on election day, Monday, October 21.

You can also use the Online Voter Registration Service to print a registration certificate, if:

  • you are not yet registered; or
  • your information needs to be updated.  

This certificate is not required to register in person at the polls and is offered only if the service can associate your address with a polling division (within a riding).

You should bring a printed copy of the registration certificate, and sign it only at your polling station in front of the poll worker who is processing your registration.

What ID do I need to register?

You must prove your identity and address to register and vote in a federal election.

See your options and the full list of ID accepted to register.

When is the federal election?

The Canada Elections Act states that a federal election must be held on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the previous federal election. As the last election was on October 19, 2015, the fixed election date is October 21, 2019.

Registration and voting process for Canadians who live abroad

Canadian electors living abroad who have previously resided in Canada can vote by special ballot in federal elections, regardless of how long they have been living abroad. The deadline to apply to vote by mail was Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m., Eastern time.

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

How many Canadians who live abroad are registered?

As of October 13, there are 51,978 electors on the International Register of Electors. The top 10 jurisdictions for international registrations are listed below:

Canadians living abroad who have registered to vote
Jurisdiction Number of electors % of Total
United States 22,395 43.09%
United Kingdom 5,989 11.52%
Hong Kong (China) 2,742 5.28%
Australia 2,357 4.53%
Germany 2,037 3.92%
France 1,845 3.55%
Switzerland 1,109 2.13%
Netherlands 913 1.76%
Japan 779 1.50%
China (Excluding Hong Kong & Macao) 741 1.43%
Total of top 10 40,907 78.70%
Grand total 51,978 100.00%

Are you working with social media platforms to promote registration?

We worked with social media platforms to encourage Canadians to check or update their registration. You may have seen a banner that linked to the Online Voter Registration Service on social media platforms. This service is our official, secure resource that you can use to register safely and easily.

Personal information held by Elections Canada is protected and used and disclosed only in accordance with the Canada Elections Act and the Privacy Act. Please note that we do not share voter information with social media platforms.