How do I vote in an election?

Canadian citizens elect their leaders by voting for them. The people we vote for are the ones who make important political decisions that affect housing, transit, immigration and much more. Here’s what you need to know about voting.  

Can I vote?

You can vote if you are:

  • A Canadian citizen

  • 18 years or older

  • A resident of your electoral district

How do I register to vote?

Everyone has to register to vote. You can do this in advance or on election day. Once you register to vote, you won’t have to register again for the next election, but you will have to keep your information up-to-date online.

To register to vote in advance, go to Elections Canada’s website for federal elections or to Elections Ontario’s website for provincial and municipal elections.  

Once you register, you will receive a Voter Information Card in the mail that will tell you:

  • Your voting location on election day

  • Your advanced voting locations

  • Your electoral district

  • Your poll number

  • Contact information for your returning office

To vote, bring your Voter Information Card and an ID with your name on it to a polling station.

If you vote on election day, you will be registered to vote automatically as long as you bring proper ID.

How do I vote?

You can vote on election day, or before election day at an advance voting location. To vote:

  1. Find the nearest polling station in your electoral district.

  2. Bring the acceptable ID for municipal/provincial elections or federal elections.

  3. Write an ‘X’ in the circle beside the name of the person you want to vote for.

What if I’m a student living away from home?

You can still vote, you just have to choose which electoral district you want to vote in. You can vote where you go to school, or where you permanently live.

When you go to vote, you’ll have to show proof of address for the electoral district you want to vote in.

If you live outside of Ontario, you can vote with a special ballot.

What if I have trouble speaking English or French?

You can bring a friend or family member to act as your translator. They’ll be asked to take an oath to help you vote.

What if I’m under 18?

If you’re 16 or 17 years old, you can register as an Ontario Future Voter.

Once you turn 18, you’ll automatically be added to the Voters List.

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