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?
Register before you go to vote
- Use the Online Voter Registration Service before Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m.
- In person at any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m.
Register when you go to vote
- At your assigned polling station on election day, October 21.
- At your assigned polling station on advance polling days, October 11, 12, 13 or 14.
- At any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m.
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, to update your address information or to register to vote, use the Online Voter Registration Service, visit your Elections Canada office or call us at 1-800-463-6868.
Why register before the election?
To vote in a federal election, you must be registered on the list of electors. You can register when you go to vote. If you register before October 15, 6 p.m., you will get a voter information card in the mail. It tells you where and when you can vote.
Bring your voter information card with you, along with accepted ID, to make the voting process easier.
Your voter information card:
- shows election workers that your registration is up to date
- shows a polling number to help election workers direct you to the right table
How do I update my voter information?
You can update your address information using the Online Voter Registration Service. For any other changes to your current registration, visit your local Elections Canada office before Tuesday, October 15, 6 p.m.
Otherwise, update your voter information at your assigned polling station before you vote on advance polling days, or on election day, Monday, October 21.
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?
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 next 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 is 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 6, there are 44,843 electors on the International Register of Electors. The top 10 jurisdictions for international registrations are listed below:
|Jurisdiction||Number of electors||% of Total|
|Hong Kong (China)||2,389||5.33%|
|China (Excluding Hong Kong & Macao)||606||1.35%|
|Total of top 10||35,179||78.45%|
This information will be updated periodically throughout the election period.
Are you working with social media platforms to promote registration?
We work with social media platforms to encourage Canadians to check or update their registration. You may see a banner that links 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.
Have you received a letter related to your registration?
We recently mailed out voter registration letters to eligible electors. If you're 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen, please register to be ready to vote at the federal election this fall. For more information, please consult our FAQs about the voter registration letter.