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  1. Election overview
  2. Be ready to vote: checklist
  3. Accessibility
  4. Employment
  5. Spread the word

Federal Election Overview

The federal election is scheduled for October 19, 2015

  • Elections Canada is a non-partisan agency responsible for running the election and ensuring that Canadians are able to vote and be a candidate.
  • There are 338 ridings in Canada – you vote for a candidate running in your riding.
  • Elections Canada informs voters on when, where and the ways to register and vote. Go to for all the information you need to be ready to vote.


Can I vote?

  • You can vote if you:
    • are a Canadian citizen
    • are at least 18 years old on election day
    • can prove your identity and address
  • For students under 18, your school can participate in Student Vote – a hands-on parallel election program:


Am I registered to vote?

  • Make sure you're registered
    • You can check, update or complete your registration at
    • Registering in advance is easy and will save you time when you go to vote.
  • Watch for your voter information card

    Voter Information Card

    • Once you're registered, you'll get a card in the mail soon after the election is called.
    • It tells you when, where and ways to vote and the accessibility of your polling places.
    • Check your name and address on the card and contact Elections Canada if there are errors.

Voter Identification

What ID should I take with me?

To prove your identity and address:

Show 1 piece of government-issued ID with your photo, name and current address (e.g. driver's licence or a provincial or territorial ID card).


Show 2 pieces of ID. Both must have your name and 1 must have your current address (e.g. health card and a utility bill).


Take an oath. Show two pieces of ID with your name and have someone who knows you attest to your address. They must show proof of identity and address, and be registered in the same polling division. They can attest for only one person.

Voter Identification – Helpful Tips

What else should I know?

  • Elections Canada accepts original ID cards and documents.
  • For documents issued electronically (such as e-statements or e-invoices), you can bring printouts or show them on a mobile device.
  • Take your voter information card with you when you go to vote. It cannot be used as proof of identity or address, but it will make the voting process faster.

Letters of Confirmation

Letters of Confirmation

  • First Nation living on reserve.
  • Student living on campus.
  • Senior in a long-term care facility.
  • Homeless person in a shelter or soup kitchen.

Ways to Vote

What are the 4 ways to vote?

  1. On election day, October 19, at your polling place
    • It will be open for 12 hours.
  2. On one of four advance voting days, at your polling place
    • It will be open Friday, October 9 to Monday, October 12 from noon to 8:00 p.m.


  3. In person at any Elections Canada office
    • After the election is called, you can vote at any Elections Canada office across the country.
    • Offices are open 7 days a week (go before the deadline – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13).
    • Special offices at Friendship Centres and on campuses
  4. By mail
    • Apply online at before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13 to receive a voting kit.
    • Don't wait! You need to allow enough time for your voting kit to reach you and for your marked ballot to reach Elections Canada by election day.
    • Can't apply online? Call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

Where to Vote

How can I find my polling place?

  • Check your voter information card. It tells you where to vote.
  • Go to and type your postal code into our Voter Information Service once the election is called.
  • Call 1-800-463-6868 or TTY 1-800-361-8935.

It's always good to check – your polling place may have changed since the last time you voted.

Key Dates

October 2015
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
October 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Elections Offices on Campuses, Friendship Centres and YMCAs Elections Offices on Campuses, Friendship Centres and YMCAs Elections Offices on Campuses, Friendship Centres and YMCAs Elections Offices on Campuses, Friendship Centres and YMCAs Advance Polls Advance Polls
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Advance Polls Advance Polls -Deadline to request mail-in ballot
-Deadline to update registration before election day
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Questions so far?


What is available to make voting more accessible?

  • Polling place accessibility
    • Information on the accessibility of your polling places can be found on your voter information card or at
    • Either your polling place will have an automatic door opener, or an election worker will be at the door to provide assistance.
    • If you need assistance at any time in the voting process, please ask an election worker and tell them how they can help.
    • You can also bring a support person, friend or family member to assist you.

Tools and services at your polling place:

Magnifier with light (4x), voting screen that lets in more light, sign language interpretation (requested ahead of time), braille list of candidates, assistance in marking a ballot, tactile and braille voting template, large-print list of candidates


How can I apply to work during the election?

  • Over 200,000 Canadians across the country are hired during an election. Learn more and apply online at
  • To work in an election, you need to:
    • be a Canadian citizen
    • be at least 16 years old (priority given to 18 or older)
    • live in the riding where you will be working (for most jobs)
    • remain non-partisan

Spread the Word

How can I help spread the word about the election?

  • Digital shareable tools at
    • Audio files, infographics, videos, e-bulletins and e-versions of print products.
    • A voter's guide and the list of ID in 31 heritage and 12 Aboriginal languages.
  • Print products and other formats (Call 1-800-463-6868 to order them)
    • My Voter's Guide, registration and ID flyer, list of ID and student flyer.
    • Audio, video, large print, DAISY, Braille, and sign language video (American Sign Language and Langue des signes québécoise).
  • Social media
    • Follow Elections Canada on social media and share election information.

Contact Elections Canada

How can I get more information?

  • Website:
  • Telephone: 1-800-463-6868
    • During the election, telephone services are available in over 110 languages.
  • TTY: 1-800-361-8935
  • Social media

Questions and Follow Up

David Le Blanc, Aboriginal groups and accessibility

Jasmine Demers, Ethnocultural communities and student groups