The 36-Day Election Calendar
The government is responsible for calling federal elections and by-elections. An election period must be a minimum of 36 days; there is no maximum length set by law.
|Ongoing||Registration. Electors can check, update or complete their registration online.|
|Day 36||The election period begins. Electors can apply to vote by mail.|
|Day 34||Local Elections Canada offices open.
Electors can register and vote there. Candidates can start filing their nomination papers.
|Day 33||The preliminary lists of electors are sent to parties and candidates.
The spending limits for third parties, and preliminary spending limits for registered parties and candidates are available.
|Day 29||The revision of the lists of electors begins.|
|Days 26 to 24||Voter information cards are mailed to registered electors. The cards say when and where to vote, and show the accessibility of polling places.|
|Day 21||Candidates have until 2:00 p.m. local time to submit their nomination papers.|
|Day 19||The lists of candidates are available.|
|Day 17||An election reminder brochure is mailed to all households.
The preliminary spending limit is available for each individual party. It is based on the number of confirmed candidates.
|Day 16||The revised lists of electors are sent to parties and candidates.|
|Days 10 to 7||Advance polls are open from noon to 8 p.m. local time. ID is required to vote.|
|Day 7||The final spending limits for parties and candidates are available.|
|Day 6||6:00 p.m. Registration closes until election day.
It is also the deadline to vote at an Elections Canada office or apply to vote by mail.
|Day 5||The official (polling day) lists of electors are sent to returning officers, candidates and political parties.|
|Day 5 to 0||Unregistered electors can complete a registration certificate online, print it and bring it to their polling station on election day for faster service.|
|Day 0||Election day. ID is required to vote.
Voting hours vary across the country.
Electors can register at the polls.
The deadline to receive mail-in ballots at Elections Canada headquarters is 6:00 p.m.
The preliminary results are provided throughout the evening.
|Days -1 to -7||Returning officers validate the results.|