Download Voting with a Difference, our free, straightforward guide to voting in the 2019 federal election. Pages 9 to 16 have information about registering to vote. The guide has all kinds of other useful information, too!
You need to be registered with Elections Canada to vote in a federal election. Registering to vote is letting Elections Canada know who you are and where you live so that you are voting in the right riding, and you are only voting once.
You do not need to register every time there is a federal election. Once the election is called, it is a good idea to check if you are registered, and to make sure your address information is up to date.
All registered electors will get a voter information card in the mail about two weeks before election day. It tells them where and when they can vote.
You must be registered to vote. You can register before you go to vote or at the same time as when you go to vote. Here are some reasons why you may want to register before you go to vote:
You’ll receive a voter information card in the mail that tells you where and when you can vote.
If you’re registered, you will get a voter information card in the mail after the
election is called. It tells you where and when you can vote.
Go to any Elections Canada office before the Tuesday before election day, 6:00 p.m. Make sure to bring accepted ID.
Go to your assigned polling station on election day or advance polling days. Make sure to bring accepted ID.
To register online, you can use the Voter Registration Service at elections.ca. Use this online service to register to vote, check your registration, or update your address information.
If you plan to register online, you may want to download Voting with a
, our free publication (see below) and check out pages 13–14 for
Yes! You can register at the same time as you go to vote. Remember: Registering when you go to vote at your polling station may take a bit more time. Keep this in mind when you make your plan to vote.
Shortly after the election has been called and if you are registered to vote, Elections Canada will send you a Voter Information Card in the mail. Your card will show your name and address and will look like the image above.
The Voter Information Card:
Tells you where and when you can go to vote.
Tells you about the physical accessibility of the place where you will vote
with an accessibility symbol. It will either tell you that your polling station
meets all 15 of Elections Canada’s accessibility criteria, or that it is
wheelchair accessible (that means the building has an entrance door that is
wide enough for a wheelchair and has level access or a ramp to the entrance).
Or, it may let you know that your polling station does not have wheelchair
Helps speed up voting—it’s a good idea to bring the card with you when you
Can be used as one of two pieces of ID to vote.
If your voter information card doesn’t show an accessibility symbol for your polling station, or you aren’t clear whether the polling station will be able to meet your needs, you can call your Elections Canada office to find out using the telephone number on your voter information card. You can also find this number by entering your postal code into Elections Canada’s online Voter Information Service.
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