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Apply to vote by mail

Elections Canada is currently reaching out to Canadian voters living abroad to update the International Register of Electors.

If you have received a Verification Notice, please make sure to respond by the deadline: October 27, 2023.

In accordance with the Canada Elections Act, electors who do not respond by the deadline must be removed from the International Register of Electors. For more information, click here.

Eligible electors can apply to vote by special ballot. With a special ballot, you can vote by mail from anywhere in the world.

If you live in Canada, you may apply once an election has been called.

If you live abroad, you may apply anytime – click the button below:

Canadians who live abroad – apply to vote by mail in future elections

If your application is accepted:

  • We will send you a confirmation letter.
  • We will add your name to the International Register of Electors, the list of Canadian electors living outside Canada who are eligible to vote by mail.
  • At each election in which you are qualified to vote, we will automatically mail a special ballot voting kit to the address you provided.
  • Your name will stay on the International Register of Electors as long as you remain eligible. You will not have to re-apply to vote by mail at each election.

Learn more:

Voting by Canadians living abroad