Thinking of working at the next federal election, but not sure if it’s right for you?
Here are some answers to get you started.
Let’s get to work!
Help Canada’s democracy. When you work at a federal election, you have the chance to make voting more welcoming and accessible to your community. By being a friendly face at the polling station or Elections Canada office, you help other people feel comfortable and confident when they vote.
Meet new people. You’ll meet your co-workers and people in your community.
Learn new skills. You’ll get work experience and skills, which you can add to your resumé. You’ll also learn more about elections and how they work.
Get paid to do it! You get paid for working at a federal election as well as for attending the training session.
That’s okay. We’ll train you!
Every election worker who works at a polling station gets three hours of in-person training. We explain your job clearly, so you’ll know exactly what you need to do. There are always people who are ready to help and support you.
You can find more information on working at an election on the Elections Canada's website.
Want to learn more about federal elections right now?
Check out the Library of Parliament site.
You can work at a federal election if:
Returning officers, who are responsible for elections in their ridings, hire all the election workers for their riding. They look for workers who have the skills for the job and who reflect the diversity of their community. This election, they are especially looking to hire:
No. In the past, political parties gave returning officers lists of potential election workers for their riding. Now, you don’t need to have any connections to a political party to work at an election. When you’re working as an election worker, however, you can’t participate in Keyword: partisan activities, whether you’re a member of a political party or not.
If you are a member of a political party, keep in mind that:
Different jobs are available, depending on where and when you want to work. Take a look to see what’s right for you.
It depends on where you want to work. Check the Employment section on the Elections Canada website.
Elections Canada offices: During the election, get in touch in person or by phone with the Elections Canada office where you want to work. Find the contact information for all Elections Canada offices, once the election has been called.
Polling stations: Apply online to work as a poll worker. You can also apply in person at your local Elections Canada once the election has been called.
On-campus voting offices: We’re still working on the application, but when it’s done, you can fill it out online.