Ways to vote

Once the Canadian federal election is called this fall, you can vote almost any time before election day. To vote, you must be a Canadian Citizen, at least 18 years old on election day, and prove your identity and address. Choose the voting option that works best for you.

Vote on election day

Your assigned polling station will be open for 12 hours (hours vary by province).

Vote on advance polling days

Your assigned polling station will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday the week before election day.

Vote at any Elections Canada office

Over 500 Elections Canada offices will be open across Canada. Vote at any one of them before the Tuesday before election day at 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.

Vote by mail

If you live abroad, apply now and we'll send you a special ballot voting kit after the election is called. To vote by mail during the election, apply online or at any Elections Canada offices across Canada before the Tuesday before election day, 6 p.m..

Other

There are also other ways to vote, including:

Frequently asked questions

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.

Where do I vote?

If you vote on election day or advance polling days, you will vote at an assigned polling station in your riding.

After the election is called, you can find out where your assigned polling station is located:

  • check your voter information card;
  • enter your postal code into the Voter Information Service; or
  • call us at 1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY).
  • You can also vote at any Elections Canada office across Canada until the Tuesday before election day or on select campuses about two weeks before election day.

Who is eligible to vote?

To vote in the federal election, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old on election day, October 21
  • prove your identity and address

Is my polling station accessible?

All electors are assigned to polling stations for election day and advance polling days. After the election is called, you will be able to make sure your assigned polling stations meet your accessibility needs by:

What ID do I need to vote?

See your options and the full list of ID accepted at the polls.

If you don't have accepted ID proving your identity and address, you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).

Can I vote before election day?

Yes, there are several ways to vote before election day.

1. At any Elections Canada office across Canada

We will have over 500 offices open seven days a week from the time the election is called until the election. Vote at any one of them before the Tuesday before election day, 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.

2. At advance polls

Your assigned polling station will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday the week before election day.

3. On campus

Vote at select campuses across the country (open for five days) about two weeks before election day. You don't need to be a student to vote on campus.

4. By mail

To vote by mail during the election, apply online or at any Elections Canada offices across Canada before the Tuesday before election day, 6:00 p.m.

I'm a member of the Canadian Forces. How do I vote?

There are special procedures for Canadian Forces voting. Learn more here.

I'm a Canadian living abroad. How do I vote?

You will need to vote by mail. Apply now and we'll send you a special ballot voting kit after the election is called.