To vote, you must:
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Be at least 18 years old on election day
- Prove your identity and address
To vote, you must:
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:
You have two options to prove your address:
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 in advance, 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”)
As a student, if you vote on campus or at your local Elections Canada office, 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 address while in school (where you live when school is in session – i.e. residence). The address you choose will determine which riding (local area) you will vote in and which candidates you can vote for.
At vote on campus stations and at Elections Canada offices, you will need to vote using a special ballot. Unlike regular voting ballots, special ballots ask you to individually write in the name of the candidate you are voting for, meaning that you can choose to vote using either your home address or your address while in school, as long as you can provide proof of address (i.e. a lease, a letter of confirmation from your residence, etc.). More information on how you can vote on campus or through your local Elections Canada office is included in “when and where can I vote?”
Depending on where you go to school, you may be able to vote right on campus! This year, Elections Canada is setting up Vote on Campus stations on over 115 post-secondary campuses across the country. Find out if there will be a Vote on Campus station at your school (this information will become available by Elections Canada once the election is officially called). The Vote on Campus stations will be open from October 5th to 9th, 2019, and, unlike regular election day, will provide you with the option to vote in either your home riding (where you live when school is not in session – i.e. summers or study breaks) or school riding (where you live when school is in session).
Election Day is currently set for October 21st, 2019.
When going to vote, you should bring: