How do I vote?

In order to vote you must:

  • Be on the voter's list
  • Go to the right voting place
  • Have the correct ID (or take an oath and have someone with correct ID who can confirm your address


How to check if you are on the voter's list (or get on it if you are not)


You can check to see if you are already registered to vote at the Elections Canada website 

If you are already registered you will receive a Voter Information Card.

If you are not registered, or are not 18 yet but will be when the election comes, you can register in advance by contacting Elections Canada:

Email form


Elections Canada
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M6


During their hours of operation (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Eastern time)


Where should I go to vote?


The Elections Canada web site will have polling locations listed for you once the Returning Officer has established them. The Returning Office will also be able to tell you where to go. Please be sure to go to the poll on your Voter Information Card or where your Returning Office tells you to go, you might not be allowed to vote at a different polling place.

You will be able to look up the polling place and Returning Office information here 


What ID do I need to bring with me?


From the Elections Canada web site 

You can bring either:

Only one of:

  • your driver's licence
  • your provincial or territorial ID card
  • any other government card with your photo, name and current address (as long as it matches your Voter Information Card)


Two of the following with at least one showing your current address, you can bring printouts or show them electronically on your cell phone if it’s an e-document:

health card
Canadian passport
birth certificate
certificate of Canadian citizenship
citizenship card
social insurance number card
Indian status card
band membership card
Métis card
card issued by an Inuit local authority
Canadian Forces identity card
Veterans Affairs health card
old age security card
hospital card
medical clinic card
label on a prescription container
identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
blood donor card
CNIB card
credit card
debit card
employee card
student identity card
public transportation card
library card
liquor identity card
parolee card
firearms licence
licence or card issued for fishing, trapping or hunting


If your address has changed from your ID:


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


What should I do if I am turned away at the voting booth?


Call your local Returning Office (you can look up their contact information here - Do not give up we will find a way for your voice to be heard this election!