Federal Election Monday, September 20

Voting by mail

When you vote by mail, you vote by special ballot. The deadline to apply to vote by special ballot has passed. If you applied to vote by special ballot this election, make sure to return your completed ballot to us by election day, Monday, September 20. Electors who applied before the deadline still have options for returning their completed special ballot.

How it works:

Step 1:

Apply to vote by mail as soon as possible.

You can apply online or by contacting any Elections Canada office across Canada before Tuesday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.

Learn more below.

Step 2:

We mail you a voting kit. When you decide on the candidate you want to vote for, write the name of the candidate on your ballot.

Learn more about how to find the list of candidates in your riding and how to mark your ballot.

Step 3:

Mail your completed ballot back to us. Deadlines apply!

Your voting kit contains everything you need to return your ballot to Elections Canada, including a prepaid envelope. Follow the instructions in your kit.

Should I vote by mail?

We know many voters are asking themselves this question. This is a different election, and your voting experience will be different. If you are considering voting by mail, here is what you should know:

  • Voting at advance or election day polls is still the simplest and most efficient option. A number of health and safety measures are in place at each polling location to keep you safe.
  • If you want to vote by mail, plan early. Deadlines apply, and you must allow enough time for your special ballot voting kit to reach you and for you to return your marked ballot to Elections Canada by election day.
  • Once your application to vote by mail is approved, you can't change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day.
  • Your ballot is your responsibility. If you need help returning your ballot, seal your ballot kit envelopes and choose someone you know and trust.

Who should consider voting by mail?

Consider voting by mail if:

Electors with a disability

If an elector is unable to read, mark their special ballot or use the envelope system because of a disability, we encourage them to either vote at their assigned advance poll or election day poll or go to their local Elections Canada office for assistance. If they cannot vote or visit their local Elections Canada office in person, they can contact their local office—before 6 p.m. on September 14, 2021—to ask whether they qualify for a home visit.

How do I apply to vote by mail?

The deadline to apply to vote by special ballot has passed. If you applied to vote by special ballot this election, make sure to return your completed ballot to us by election day, Monday, September 20. Electors who applied before the deadline still have options for returning their completed special ballot.

More information