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Voter registration notification

Voter Registration Mailing

We recently mailed out voter registration notifications to potential electors. If you're 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen, please register to vote.

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For more information, read the FAQs below or contact us.

FAQs about the voter registration notification

Why did I receive this voter registration notification?

You received the notification because you may be eligible to vote in federal elections but aren't registered. The purpose of the notification is to invite you to register online if you're eligible to vote.

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What happens when I register?

We add your information to the National Register of Electors, the database of people eligible to vote in Canadian federal elections. In future federal elections and referendums, we'll send you a voter information card that tells you when and where to vote. If you're registered in advance, you'll enjoy faster service at the polls.

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Do I have to re-register at every federal election?

Once you're in the National Register of Electors, you stay registered. You don't have to re-register at every federal election.

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Where did you get my information?

We receive information from the Canada Revenue Agency, if you consented on your income tax return to share your information with us. We also receive information on potential electors from provincial and territorial driver's licence bureaus.

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I don't have a driver's licence. Why are you asking me to provide information about this?

It's possible that we received your information from your provincial or territorial licence bureau (if you reside in Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan or Yukon). Please use the number on your provincial or territorial ID card instead of a driver's licence number.

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I'm not a Canadian citizen. What should I do with the letter?

Please ignore the content and dispose of this letter as you are not eligible to vote. If you become a Canadian citizen in the future, you can register to vote at that time.

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What's the difference between a mailing address and a residential address?

Your mailing address is where you receive your mail. It may be the same as your residential address or include a P.O. box number, rural route or other specific mailing information. We need this address to mail you information, such as the voter information card we send out during elections.

Your residential address is where you reside, and it usually consists of a street number, street name, municipality name, province and postal code. We need this information to determine the riding in which you'll vote during an election.

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I thought I was already registered because I ticked the box on my income tax form to consent to sharing information with Elections Canada. Why are you sending me this?

We want to confirm that you're eligible to vote before adding your information to the National Register of Electors.

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When I do my taxes, should I keep ticking the box to consent to sharing my information with Elections Canada?

Yes, please tick this box every year. Once you've registered online, we'll add you to the National Register of Electors. By providing your consent on your income tax return each year, we'll continue to receive your current name and address, and we can update our files as required.

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I missed the deadline. What do I do?

Please register online now so that you can immediately take advantage of being registered for future elections. If you can't register online, call us at 1-800-463-6868.

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If I register to vote federally, with Elections Canada, does that also register me to vote in provincial and municipal elections?

We have agreements to share voter registration information with some provincial, territorial and municipal electoral agencies. However, there may be a delay before your information reaches the other electoral agency.

If you wish, you can opt out of having Elections Canada share your voter registration information with other electoral agencies.

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Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes. The privacy of all information in the National Register of Electors is protected by the Canada Elections Act and the Privacy Act. Information in the National Register of Electors can be used only for electoral purposes. Improper use of the information is an offence.

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What if I can't register online?

Check that the information you entered is accurate and complete, make any required corrections and resubmit. If you still can't register, call us at 1-800-463-6868.

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