To vote, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Be at least 18 years old on election day
- Prove your identity and address
More information on voter eligibility can be found on Elections Canada’s website.
When you vote in a federal election, you are voting for your local Member of Parliament (MP), who will represent you in the House of Commons in Ottawa. Though you do not vote directly for the Prime Minister of Canada, your vote indirectly has an impact on this role. The political party whose MPs win the most seats (i.e. fill the most positions) will form government and appoint their leader as the Prime Minister.
You have three options to prove your identity:
- Show either your driver’s license OR any other card issued by a Canadian government (federal, provincial/territorial or local) with your photo, name and current address
- Show two (2) pieces of identification that include your name, with at least one of the pieces of identification having your current address on it.
- If you do not have identification, you can 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 person vouching for you must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care institutions).
More information on how to prove your identity and which pieces of identification are accepted is available on Election’s Canada’s website.
You have two options to prove your address:
- Your piece of ID contains your address
- If you wish to vote using a different address than what is on your piece of ID, you will need to bring something else, such as a letter/form from your residence, a lease agreement, etc.
Registering to vote in advance will save you time when you go to the polling stations. Register online here.
Yes! If you didn’t register to vote, you can register right at the polling station. Make sure to bring your ID and proof of address. (See “how do I prove my identity and address”)
If you are a student, you have the option to vote using either your home address (where you live when school is not in session – i.e. summers or study breaks) or your current address (where you live when school is in session). The address you choose will determine which riding (local area) you will vote in and which candidates you can vote for.
To vote using your home address, you must vote before election day.
There are several different ways you can vote:
Election Day is currently set for October 21st, 2019.
When going to vote, you should bring:
- Voter registration card (if you have one – if not, you can register once you arrive at the polling station)
- Your ID
- Your proof of address (only necessary if different than the address on your ID)