Election October 19: Practical Information for Voters and Employers

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The federal election is Monday, October 19.  Polling stations, times, identification, time off work … here's what you need to know to vote.

 

Times

On Monday, October 19, you can vote in Quebec between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

It's too late to vote ahead of time.

Advance voting was from October 9 to 12. It's now finished. 

 

Employers Must Give Time Off Work

The general rule is that workers must be given three hours in a row to vote in the federal election.

For example:

  • If you normally work from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m., your employer doesn't have to give you time off to vote.

  • But, if you normally work until 8 p.m., you must be given three hours in a row off work to vote. These three hours can be before, during or after your work day. 

Employers can decide when during the day employees can take these three hours off. But employers can't take money off your pay because you went to vote.

 

Where to Vote? See Your Voter Card

Your voter information card tells you where to vote.

If you didn't get this card, you can sign up on the date of the vote by following certain steps.  

 

Identification

You can vote by using your driver's licence. You can also use another piece of identification from a government that has your photo, name and current address.

If you don't have these documents, you can vote using these documents:

If your identification documents don't have your up-to-date address, you will have to make a statement under oath and come with another voter who can confirm your correct address.  

If you have difficulty showing an address – you live in a shelter, for example - there are still ways to vote.

Face Coverings

Voters are allowed to vote with face coverings. But they will have to make a statement under oath to confirm their identities..

Need more information? The Elections Canada website has everything you need to know about voting.