During a minority government, an election can be called at any time. If an election were to be called during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the next federal election would likely look and feel a bit different from the last one in 2019. Even in the midst of this crisis, the wheels of our democracy continue to turn. So, we need to make sure that we fill hundreds of thousands of election positions for the 44th federal general election. We know that election workers are the backbone of Canada's democracy. We need to ensure that we have enough people to make it happen.
Throughout these uncertain times, Elections Canada remains committed to maintaining the integrity of our electoral process and protecting the health and safety of all its participants. This includes electors, election workers, and candidates and their teams.
We want Canadians to feel safe about applying for a position that requires physical interactions with hundreds of electors during every shift.
For that to happen, we are taking the following measures in consultation with public health authorities:
Training will look different, too. Each returning officer will decide what works best under local circumstances, using a combination of in-class training that respects physical distancing, remote training by teleconference, self-study with or without Internet access and on-the-job supervision and support. Using these options, we limit the number of in-person interactions. Where classrooms are used, the health measures described above will be in place.
To provide workers and participants with a safe learning environment, returning officers will follow protocols and directives that Elections Canada has established after consultation with public health authorities.