Federal Election
Monday, October 21

Canadians abroad

If you're going to be outside Canada on election day, you can still vote!

For Canadians travelling abroad

If you're abroad on election day, you can vote in advance:

1. On advance polling days

Vote at your assigned polling station from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:

  • Friday, October 11
  • Saturday, October 12
  • Sunday, October 13
  • Monday, October 14

To find your assigned polling station, check your voter information card or the Voter Information Service after October 2.

2. At any Elections Canada office across Canada

There are over 500 Elections Canada offices open across Canada. Vote at any one of them before Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m. You will vote using the special ballot process.

Find the Elections Canada office nearest you and make sure to bring accepted ID.

3. By mail

To vote by mail, you will need to fill out an application form and submit a photocopy of your proof of identity and address, even if you are already registered to vote.

You can securely apply online by downloading the form here or contacting us to get one.

If you prefer, you can also mail or fax your application form with a photocopy of your proof of identity and address using the contact information in the form's instructions.

Note: If you will be outside Canada during the election period, be sure to provide the mailing address where you want to receive your special ballot voting kit.

We must receive your completed application form with a photocopy of your proof of ID no later than Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.

Whether you apply online, by mail or by fax, we will mail you a special ballot voting kit once we review and approve your application. This kit includes:

  • a special ballot
  • a blank white envelope
  • an envelope with your name, riding, and a space where you can sign
  • a pre-addressed return envelope
  • voting instructions

Once we mail the kit to you, this will be the only way you can vote in this federal election. You won't be allowed to vote in person.

To count your vote, we need to receive your marked ballot by election day on Monday, October 21, 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.

For Canadians living abroad

If you're a Canadian citizen living abroad, you can vote by mail. To do so, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old on election day
  • have lived in Canada at some point in your life

You can apply to vote by mail at any time before an election, even before it has been called. Apply online or by mail. You can download the form or request that it be printed at any Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate.

You must provide a copy of one of the following pieces of ID with your application:

  • pages 2 and 3 of your Canadian passport
  • your Canadian citizenship certificate or card
  • your birth certificate, showing that you were born in Canada

Once your application is approved, you will be added to the International Register of Electors and receive a special ballot voting kit. Please note that embassies, high commissions and consulates do not process applications or provide voting kits. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.

When you receive your special ballot voting kit, simply fill out your special ballot and mail it back to us. To count your vote, we need to receive your marked ballot by election day, Monday, October 21, 2019, at 6:00 p.m., Eastern time.


Our Special Voting Rules Service Centre is here to help. There are many ways to get in touch.


  • 613-993-2975 (we accept collect calls)
  • 1-800-463-6868 (toll-free from Canada and the United States)
  • 001-800-514-6868 (toll-free from Mexico)
  • TTY 1-800-361-8935 (toll-free from Canada and the United States)