What You Need To Know To Vote

What You Need To Know To Vote

Election Day is October 21. But you can cast your ballot before Election Day, and in different ways! If you're a Canadian citizen who will be at least 18 years old on October 21 then you are eligible to vote. Are you ready?

As part of the Samara Centre's What to Expect When You're Electing series, on October 15 we will release a short explainer with detailed information on how and where to vote. 

In the meantime, here's what you need to know to vote on or before Election Day, including important dates, ID requirements, and voting options:

1.  By mail (apply before October 15)

You need to apply for a special ballot. Although the deadline is October 15, it’s best to apply early. Click here for more details.

Note: you’ll need to apply to vote by mail if you’re living overseas and want to vote in the election.

2.  On select campuses (October 5-9)

Elections Canada is running special polling stations on some university and college campuses. At these stations, students and other electors can choose to vote in any riding - their campus riding or their home riding (if they recently moved). Check out this Elections Canada webpage for more information (the information may not be posted yet).

3.  At advance polls (October 11-14)

You can use Election Canada’s Voter Information Service to find the location of the advance polls for your constituency (it will be posted after September 24).

4.  At an Elections Canada office (until October 15)

The offices are open 7 days a week until October 15. Check out Election Canada’s Voter Information Service to find the location of the Elections Canada Office in your constituency.

5.  On Election day (October 21)  your last chance to vote!

You must go to your assigned polling station. Find out where it is by visiting Election Canada’s Voter Information Service


To prove your identity (who you are) and residence (where you live):

Show a piece of government photo ID with your address.

OR: Show two pieces of ID or documentation, with at least one showing your address. See the full list of accepted documents on Election Canada’s website.

OR: If you don’t have ID, you can still vote! You can “declare” your identity to the Elections Canada staff and have someone “vouch” that the information is correct. (They must know you, be assigned to the same polling station as you, and be able to prove their own identity and residence.)


You do not need to be registered in advance to vote!

As long as you have the required ID (or make a declaration and have someone vouch for you) you can be added to the register of voters when you go to vote. To check your registration, go to Elections Canada's website.


Check out our voting calendar below or download the PDF:

Voting Calendar