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The Barrie Public Library supports the democratic process, freedom of expression, and informed discussion on political issues. By sharing information on the federal election, our goal is to increase participation and engagement in the election and reduce barriers to voting. Be sure to view our book list with various helpful resources for the election. 

The federal election has been called - what now?

Here are key pieces of information that every elector should have:

  1. Plan early. During a pandemic, things can take more time. You should make a plan and choose the voting option that works best for you. You can vote almost any time during the election period.
  2. Check or update your registration. To vote in a federal election, you must be registered on the list of electors. If you register in advance, you should get a voter information card in the mail. It tells you where and when you can vote. You can also register when you go to vote.
  3. The health and safety of electors is the priority of Elections Canada. They have health and safety measures in place to make sure electors and election workers are safe.

Want to work at the election? You can be one of over 230,000 workers who will deliver the next federal election. A variety of paid positions are available. Applying is simple and easy. Visit elections.ca.

Registration

If you are a Canadian citizens at least 18 years old, then you can check if you are registered, update your address information, or register to vote by either using the Online Voter Registration Service, visiting their Elections Canada office or calling Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

For more information including how to register to vote, finding out if you’re currently registered, and how to update your voter information, please visit the Elections Canada website

Voter Information Card

If you’re registered to vote, then you should receive a voter information card in the mail, telling you where and when you can vote in the upcoming election. You should expect to receive your information card about two weeks before election day. If you do not receive a card or it contains incorrect information, please contact Elections Canada by visiting elections.ca or call 1-800-463-6868 or 1-800-361-8935 (TTY).

Learn more about the voter information card

Early Voting Options

There are various options to vote in the federal election, including at your assigned polling station on election day, or on advance polling days, at any Elections Canada office across Canada, or by mail. The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00pm.

Head to the Election Canada Voting Options webpage for more details.

Find Your Elections Canada Office & Candidates

Election Day

The federal election is on Monday, September 20. Are you planning to vote? Be sure to check your voter information card to find out where and when to vote, and don’t forget to bring accepted ID. If you’re not registered to vote, you can register at your polling station.

Find a voters checklist to see what you need to do to plan for the election. 

Health and Safety

Various measures have been taken to ensure a safe environment at local offices and at the polls. These measures are aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in polling places and in Elections Canada offices. Those who are self-isolating, experiencing symptoms, or who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are encouraged to apply to vote by mail.

Read more about the health and safety measures in place.

Student Voting

If you’re a student living away from home, you have several ways to vote. You can still vote using your home address if you have ID with that address.

You can vote:

  1. By mail
  2. In person at any Elections Canada office across Canada

If you can, you may also travel home to vote in person at advance or election day polls; follow public health guidelines.

Still looking for answers? If you’re a student and need more information on how to vote, please head to the Elections Canada Student webpage.

Seniors Residences and Long-Term Care Facilities

Elections Canada is working with seniors’ residences to ensure that residents have options to vote safely. About two weeks before election day, staff at every facility will give each resident a notice with information about their voting options.  

Learn more about voting as a resident of a long-term care facility or seniors’ residence.

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