Federal Election Monday, September 20

Registration

Check if you're registered

To register and vote in the federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, be 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, September 20.

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

  • you are not yet registered or
  • your address 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're 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, September 20.

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 in advance, you should get a voter information card in the mail by September 10. 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 voter information, including your name, at your assigned polling station before you vote on election day, Monday, September 20.

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

  • you are not yet registered or
  • your address 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 and vote.

When is the federal election?

As of May 2007, the Canada Elections Act provides for a general election to be held on a fixed date: the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the previous general election. However, the Act does not provide for the prevention of a general election 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.

By law, election day must be at least 36 days and no more than 50 days after the day when an election is called.

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 special ballot was Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 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

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 could have used to register safely and easily.

Personal information held by Elections Canada is protected and is 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.