All citizens of voting age have the right to vote. For the election to be fair, and for the voice of Canadians to be heard, there is a responsibility to ensure voters are given every opportunity to exercise their rights.
Who can vote? To vote in Canada, the individual must be 18 years or older, a Canadian citizen and be able to provide acceptable proof of identity and address. It’s important to keep Elections Canada up to date with any change of address.
What is accessible voting?
Accessible voting ensures Canadians who are eligible to vote, have access to cast their ballot when an election takes place. When choosing where polling stations will be, Election Canada Returning Officers base their selection on 37 criteria of which 15 criteria are mandatory. This criteria includes consideration on parking, building exterior, the entrance to the building, and the building interior. To view the overall criteria, including the mandatory criteria, click here.
Voters should check the Voter Identification Card (VIC) when it arrives in the mail. It will indicate the accessibility of the advance polling places and the ordinary polling places assigned to you. You may also check this information with the online Voter Information Service.
What if my polling place is not accessible?
If your designated polling place is not accessible, you can request a Transfer Certificate to allow you to vote at a more accessible polling place.
Accessibility Tools and Service Available at Polling Places
Elections Canada allows for various tools and supports when voting. For example, they will provide large grip pencils, larger ballots with bigger print, and signature guides to help you sign your signature. You are allowed to bring a service dog, personal device assistant or a support person with you. For a more in-depth list of these tools and services available, click this link: Brain Injury Canada.
You may also vote at your local Elections Canada Office or by mail. If you need further accommodation, contact Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868 TTY 1-800-361-8935
To watch Election Canada’s video on Accessible Voting, click here.