Voting FAQ

What ID do I need to vote?

Answer

To vote you need to prove your name and current address. There are three ways of doing this:

1)   Show one piece of government ID.

  • Drivers license or
  • Provincial card
  • Not a passport

2)   Show two pieces of ID. Both must have your name and one must have your current address.

  • Example A: credit card (name only) and phone bill (name and address)
  • Example B: social insurance number (name only) and bank statement (name and address)
  • Example C: passport (name only) and lease (name and address)
  • See full list of accepted ID here

3)   Take an Oath. If none of your ID have your current address.

  • Show two pieces of ID with your name and
  • Have someone who knows you attest to your address
  • This person must show proof of identity and address, and
  • Be registered in the same polling division,
  • Each individual can only offer one oath

Find out more here

When do I vote?

Answer

Advanced Polls:

  • Friday, October 9th 2015, 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 10th 2015, 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sunday, October 11th 2015, 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Monday, October 12th 2015, 12:00pm-8:00pm

Find advanced poll locations here.

Election Day:

  • Monday, October 19th 2015, 8:00am-8:00pm

Find your poll locations here.

Where do I vote?

Answer

Find your poll locations here or by calling 1-800-463-6868.

How do I register to vote?

Answer
  • Register to vote here or by calling 1-800-463-6868
  • If you are not registered to vote, you can still vote. When you show up to vote you will be registered in person at your polling station. You will need ID that proves your name and address. See “What ID do I need to vote?” section for more info.

How long do I have to have lived in a place to be eligibe to vote?

Answer
  • There are no minimum living requirements for an individual. All that matters is that you have proof of residency for the riding you reside in.
  • See “What ID do I need to vote?” section for info on what ID you need to prove your residency.

Do I get time off work or school to vote?

Answer

If you’re working on Election Day, your employer must allow you to have 3 consecutive hours off while polls are open. Most institutions operate on the same guidelines.

  • So if you normally work from 9:00am to 5:00pm, you will NOT get any extra off, because you still have 3 consecutive hours after work while the polls are open (5:00pm-8:00pm)
  • Read full details about time off for voting here.