Federal Election Monday, September 20

Ways to vote

To vote, you must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on election day, and prove your identity and address.

Vote on election day

Vote at your assigned polling station on election day, Monday, September 20, 2021. Polls will be open for 12 hours (hours vary by time zone).

To find your polling station, check your voter information card.

Not registered? You can still register when you go to vote at your assigned polling station.

When you go to vote, remember to:

  • Bring your voter information card with you, along with accepted ID, to make the voting process easier when you go to vote. Elections Canada will not ask for proof of vaccination.
  • Wear a mask. Electors must wear a mask as required by the province, territory or region, or landlord leasing the polling place to Elections Canada. If you forget to bring your own mask, we will provide you with one.
  • Bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot, though single-use pencils will also be available.

If you can, avoid peak times, such as the opening of the polls in the morning and dinnertime in the evening.

Vote on advance polling days

It is no longer possible to vote this way.

Vote by mail

The deadline to apply to vote by mail has passed. If you have already applied to vote by mail and have not received your kit, please contact us at svrenq@elections.ca.

Electors who applied before the deadline still have options to return their completed special ballot.

Vote at any Elections Canada office

It is no longer possible to vote this way.

Frequently asked questions

Can I vote before election day?

No. The only remaining way to vote in the election is at your assigned polling station on election day, Monday, September 20. To find your polling station, check your voter information card or use our Voter Information Service.

Vote by mail

The deadline to apply to vote by mail has passed. If you have already applied to vote by mail and have not received your kit, please contact us at svrenq@elections.ca.

Electors who applied before the deadline still have options to return their completed special ballot.

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

Canadians living abroad can vote by mail. The deadline to apply to vote by mail was Tuesday September 14.

If you received a special ballot voting kit, be sure to return your marked ballot to us by 6:00 p.m. on election day , Monday, September 20.

When is the federal election?

The federal election will take place on Monday, September 20.

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.

Where do I vote?

On election day, you will vote at your assigned polling station in your riding.

To find out where your assigned polling station is located:

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
  • prove your identity and address

What ID do I need to vote?

You have many options to prove your identity and address. See your options and the full list of ID accepted at the polls.

If you donít have ID, 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 prove their identity and address using option 1 or option 2. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care facilities).

Is my polling station accessible?

All electors are assigned polling stations for election day. Make sure your assigned polling station meets your accessibility needs. To find out how accessible it is:

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

If you are a member of the Canadian Forces, you may vote using any of the methods available to all other Canadian electors.

You may vote at the assigned civilian polling station associated with your place of residence, either on an advance polling day or on election day. Your voter information card tells you where and when you can vote. You will need to show proof of identity and address.