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Important information about voting in the federal election this October

The AEBC is pleased to share a variety of background information from Elections Canada about voting in the upcoming federal election.

For general information about the voting process, check out their My Voters Guide. This will explain how to make sure you are registered to vote, the different ways of voting (including voting at home through the mail), and what you need to bring with you when you vote. Alternative formats (such as braille) are available by calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

For more information on the accessibility features, policies, and programs that Elections Canada has put in place for this election, see their Accessible Voting page.

Basic steps

In order for you to get ready to vote, you should:

  • Confirm that you are registered to vote.
  • Watch for receipt of your voter information card
  • Make sure that you have the identification you will require

Identification requirements

For the most up-to-date information about identification requirements, please see Election Canada's "ID to Vote" page. We have copied the list here for your convenience.

To prove you identity, you can do one of three things.

First, and easiest, you can present one piece of government-issued identification that contains your name, address, and photograph (such as a driver's license or provincial or territorial identification card); or,

Alternatively, you can present two pieces of identification from the following list, at least one of which must have your current address on it. It does not matter if your ID card is expired, so long as it has the required information on it. Electronic statements or documents may also be printed or displayed on a mobile device at the polling station.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • health card
  • Canadian passport
  • birth certificate
  • certificate of Canadian citizenship
  • citizenship card
  • social insurance number card
  • Indian status card
  • band membership card
  • Métis card
  • card issued by an Inuit local authority
  • Canadian Forces identity card
  • Veterans Affairs health card
  • old age security card
  • hospital card
  • medical clinic card
  • label on a prescription container
  • identity bracelet issued by a hospital or long-term care facility
  • blood donor card
  • CNIB card
  • credit card
  • debit card
  • employee card
  • student identity card
  • public transportation card
  • library card
  • liquor identity card
  • parolee card
  • firearms licence
  • licence or card issued for fishing, trapping or hunting
  • utility bill (e.g. electricity; water; telecommunications services including telephone, cable or satellite)
  • bank statement
  • credit union statement
  • credit card statement
  • personal cheque
  • government statement of benefits
  • government cheque or cheque stub
  • pension plan statement
  • residential lease or sub-lease
  • mortgage contract or statement
  • income tax assessment
  • property tax assessment or evaluation
  • vehicle ownership
  • insurance certificate, policy or statement
  • correspondence issued by a school, college or university
  • letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
  • targeted revision form from Elections Canada to residents of long-term care facilities
  • letter of confirmation of residence from a First Nations band or reserve or an Inuit local authority
  • letter of confirmation of residence, letter of stay, admission form or statement of benefits from one of the following designated establishments: student residence; seniors' residence; long-term care facility; shelter; soup kitchen

If your ID does not have your current address, you can also still take an oath. You will need to show two pieces of ID with your name and have someone who knows you attest to your address. This person must show proof of identity and address, be registered in the same polling division, and attest for only one person.

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Archival Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015