To register and vote in the federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old on election day, and prove your identity and address.
Have you received a letter related to your registration?
We recently mailed out voter registration letters to eligible electors. If you're 18 years of age or older and a Canadian citizen, please register to be ready to vote at the federal election this fall. For more information, please consult our FAQs about the voter registration letter.
Am I registered to vote?
Most Canadians who are eligible to vote are already registered in the National Register of Electors. If you are registered and you checked off both Elections Canada boxes on your tax return this year, your registration will be updated with your current home address.
To check if you are registered at your current address, to update your address information or to register to vote, use the Online Voter Registration Service, visit your Elections Canada office or call us at 1-800-463-6868
How do I register to vote?
You can register before or when you go to vote.
Register before you go to vote
- Use the Online Voter Registration Service before October 15, 6 p.m.
- Visit your Elections Canada office before October 15, 6:00 p.m.
Register when you go to vote
- At your assigned polling station on election day, October 21.
- At your assigned polling station on advance polling days, October 11, 12, 13 or 14.
- At any Elections Canada office across Canada before October 15, 6:00 p.m.
Why register before the election?
To vote in a federal election, you must be registered on the list of electors. You can register at the polls when you go to vote, but if you're registered before the election, you should get a voter information card in the mail by October 3. It tells you where and when you can vote.
Bring your voter information card with you, along with accepted ID, to make the voting process easier.
What ID do I need to register?
You must prove your identity and address to register and vote in a federal election.
When is the federal election?
The Canada Elections Act states that a federal election must be held on the third Monday of October in the fourth calendar year following the previous federal election. As the last election was on October 19, 2015, the next fixed election date is October 21, 2019.
Registration and voting process for Canadians who live abroad
Canadian electors living abroad who have previously resided in Canada can vote by special ballot in federal elections, regardless of how long they have been living abroad. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.
Who is eligible to register and vote?
To register and vote in a federal election, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be at least 18 years old on election day
- prove your identity and address