Download Voting with a Difference, our free, straightforward guide to voting in the 2019 federal election. Pages 27, 39 to 43 and 48 have information about accessibility supports for voting. The guide has all kinds of other useful information, too!
Elections Canada offers many tools and services to make voting in the federal election easier. If you need help during the voting process, you can call Elections Canada, visit any Elections Canada office, or speak to an election worker when you go to vote.
Bigger ballot with candidate names in large print
Large-print and braille lists of candidates
Tactile and braille voting template
Accessible polling stations. Most polling stations are accessible. Visit elections.ca to see if yours meets your needs before you go to vote
Language and sign language interpretation (and other assistance upon request in advance)
Assistance marking your ballot (bring someone you know or ask an election worker)
Most of these tools and services are available for you if you vote on election day, on advance polling days, and at your Elections Canada office. Note that the braille lists of candidates are only available for voting on election day.
Election workers can assist you if you need help marking your ballot. In this case, a second election worker will always be present to act as a witness.
If someone helps you mark your ballot:
If you need language or sign language interpretation on election day, you may either bring your own interpreter, or request that Elections Canada provide one. If you would like Elections Canada to provide one, they need to know by 6:00PM on the Tuesday before election day.
Once the election is called, contact Elections Canada to let them know
what type of interpretation service you need. There are a few ways to do
Many people have found it challenging to get into and make their way around the building where their polling station is located. Elections Canada has developed 15 mandatory criteria to make sure regular and advance polling stations are physically suitable for voters. See page 27 of our guide. Most polling stations and Elections Canada offices meet all the criteria.
If the exterior door or interior doors of the polling station don’t have automatic door openers, an election officer will provide assistance if needed. Please let this person know how they can help.
If you are unable to vote without difficulty at your polling station because
it won’t have the features you need, you can apply for a transfer certificate.
This will allow you to vote at another polling station in the same riding.
Call your Elections Canada office for more information.
Find the contact information for your Elections Canada office:
Voter Information Service, or call 1-800-463-6868 / TTY 1-800-361-
You can also bring your own assistive device, such as your own pencil to mark the ballot, or a personal mobile device, such as a smart phone, to read the ballot behind the voting screen.
You may bring your service animal to assist you when you vote. In some rare cases, local laws may regulate the presence of service animals in public spaces. If you believe your service animal may not be permitted in your polling station, contact your Elections Canada local office to explore solutions.
If you need help to mark your ballot, you can bring a support person (such as a family member, friend, or personal support worker) to help you vote. To protect the secrecy of your vote, this person will be asked to make a declaration before you vote.
If this person is your relative, spouse or common-law partner, or a relative
of your spouse or common-law partner:
If this person is a friend or other person you trust like a support worker or sign-language interpreter:
If you are bringing your own interpreter, this person will need to make a declaration to make sure they respect the secrecy of your vote.
Check these links for online information about accessibility and elections
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