Different Methods to Vote

There are many ways to cast your ballot in the 2021 federal election. Listed below are all the different methods to make your voice heard on or before election day.

No matter which option you choose however, remember you’ll need to prove your identity and address. See below, or visit Elections Canada for the full list of accepted ID.

Option 1: Vote at an Advance Polling Station
If you want to avoid the crowds on election day, voting at an advance polling station is a great option. Advance polls will be open from September 10-13 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time.

To find your advance polling station, check your voter information card or use the Voter Information Service.

Option 2: Vote by Mail
Voting by mail is a convenient option if you want to vote from the comfort of your home. To vote by mail, apply online or at any Elections Canada office before September 14th at 6:00pm. Once approved, mail in ballots must be returned by election day.

Voting by mail uses a special ballot process where voters write the name of the candidate they choose, rather than select from a list of confirmed candidates. Once you have applied to vote by special ballot, you can’t change your mind and vote at advance polls or on election day. Once approved, your ballot must be returned by election day.

Option 3: Vote at Any Elections Canada Office
Regardless of the electoral district in which you are voting, you can vote at any Elections Canada office across the country before Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00 p.m. Voting at an Elections Canada office uses the special ballot process. The West End Election Canada office is located at 747 Cardero Street (on the corner of Cardero Street and Alberni Street).

Election Canada offices are open seven days a week:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4:00 p.m.

Option 4: Vote on Election Day at Your Assigned Polling Station
Voting on election day is the most popular option amongst Canadians. It is often the most straightforward method, and is a great way to see democracy in action. Polling stations on the downtown peninsula will be open on Monday, September 20th from 7:00am to 7:00pm, or 12 consecutive hours.

Your polling station is determined by where you live in your electoral district, and you cannot vote at any other polling station. To find the correct polling station, check your voter information card or use the Voter Information Service.