How to Vote

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 supported by the majority of elected MPs will form government and appoint their leader as the Prime Minister.

You have three options to prove your identity:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Your piece of ID contains your address
  2. 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 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?”

There are several different ways you can vote:

  • Vote on election day – October 21, 2019
  • Vote on campus (some post-secondary campuses will have this option) – October 5-9, 2019
  • Vote at your advance poll – October 11-14, 2019
  • Vote at your local Elections Canada office – Before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m
  • Vote by mail – Before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.

Find your riding and voting locations here.

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. 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:

  • 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)