Federal Election
Monday, October 21

FAQs on jobs

What are the eligibility requirements to work as a poll worker?

To work, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 16 years old on election day
  • remain non-partisan

Learn more about the different poll worker positions, requirements and pay.

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Do I have to live in the electoral district where I'm applying to work?

No, you do not have to live in the electoral district where you're applying to work. However, priority may be given to applicants who live in the electoral district.

You can apply online to work at the federal election.

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How much do I get paid? (Remuneration)

Rates vary by position.

Learn more about the different poll worker positions, requirements and pay.

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How do I apply to work at the federal election?

You can apply online. You can also phone the Elections Canada office in your riding or go there in person to complete an application. You can find the office’s contact information by using our online Voter Information Service.

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Can I work on both election day and advance polling days?

Yes. You can select all the positions you are interested in on the online application form. Note that the Elections Canada office in your electoral district will decide which position you'll be assigned to.

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Is training provided?

Yes, training is provided. Learn more about training material for poll workers.

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Will I be paid for participating in a training session?

Yes, remuneration for the training is $53.25.

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When can I expect to receive a response?

The Elections Canada in your riding has started conducting phone interviews. If your application is retained, you may be contacted anytime until election day.

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Do I need to be bilingual?

No, but bilingualism is an asset.

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How many jobs are available?

Elections Canada hires close to 300,000 workers across Canada to work on advance polling days and election day.

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Can I go to the Elections Canada office in my riding to apply to work?

Yes. You can find the address of the office in your riding by using our online Voter Information Service.

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Do I need to provide a resume to apply to work at the federal election?

No, you do not need to provide a resume.

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I have applied but haven't been contacted yet.

If your application is retained, you may be contacted anytime until election day.

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