Voting – It’s your Right – What you need to know to vote in the federal election

It is time to be sure you are ready to vote in the upcoming federal election.  There are steps you need to take to be sure you can vote. To be eligible to vote in a Canadian federal election, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • at least 18 years old on election day

You must prove your identity and address to register and vote in a federal election. Registering is letting Elections Canada know who you are and where you live so that you are voting in the right riding, and you are only voting once. Soon after the election is called, Elections Canada will send you a voter information card in the mail that tells you when and where to vote. Unless you are not registered, or if your information (address) is wrong.  If you voted in the last election and haven’t moved since then, you’re probably already registered. But if you’ve moved, have never voted before, or are living away from home for school, your voter information could be out of date.

You can save time on election day by making sure you’re registered ahead of time or to update your address information: visit

You will need to enter your name, birth date, and address. You will see a message that tells you if you are registered or not. If you are not registered, you can register online, by mail or in person.

You may wonder what you need to prove your identity at the polling station. You have three options to prove your identity and address. Click the link below: 




Some people might have difficulty proving their address even after having gone through the full list of accepted ID. For example, people staying in a:

  • Student residence (for students living there)
  • Seniors’ residence (for seniors living there)
  • Long-term care facility (for voters living there)
  • Shelter or soup kitchen (for people who are homeless)
  • First Nations band or reserve or Inuit local authority (for Indigenous and other residents)

In such cases, the administrator of these establishments can provide a signed letter of confirmation of residence on official letterhead or fill out the Letter of Confirmation of Residence template provided by Elections Canada.

If you are using a letter of confirmation of residence to prove your identity and address: contact the administrator of your establishment as soon as possible. *Note that you still need a second piece of accepted pieces of ID when using a letter of confirmation of residence.

Once you are registered it is now the time to find out when and where to vote.






If you have special circumstances:

  • To vote in long-term care facilities, hospitals, senior residences.

Elections Canada may be able to bring a mobile polling station to you, so you can vote where you are. Contact Elections Canada to find out if voting will be offered in your care facility.

  • To vote at home:

If you can’t make travel to a polling station or mark your ballot because of a disability, Elections Canada may be able to help you vote from home. You will need to contact Elections Canada to request this service.

To find out more about voting in the next federal election join us for the next Elections Canada webinar on Saturday September 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm EST.  More information on what you need to know will be discussed during this webinar.

No matter the circumstances you might be encountering, it is your right to vote.  Elections Canada works hard to ensure every Canadian is able to exercise this right.  If you have questions visit or call them at 1-800-463-6868.