How to register as a voter in Canada 

Canada’s federal election for prime minister is quickly coming up on October 19, 2015. Everyone’s vote counts, especially the votes of young people who are under the age of 30 and minorities. Even if you are currently undecided, you should think about voting because your vote matters and you can always decide who to vote for on the day of if that suits you.

If you haven’t voted before, you need to be registered to vote. It is a requirement. In addition, you vote at a certain location depending on where you live (e.g. at a school down the street or at a sports complex in your subdivision)

Go to the Voter Registration page on the Elections Canada website. You can sign up here.

If you aren’t sure if you are registered or not, you can use the Online Voter Registration Service to check, you can also update your address and register to vote through this page

When you register to vote, you need the number from a piece of ID like a drivers license or a provincial/territorial ID card.

Once you have registered, you will receive a voter information card between September 28 and October 2. If you don’t receive the card you can go to the Online Voter Registration Service page to update your information.

Eve, if you are a registered voter, if you have moved since the last election, you will want to update your voter registration information. Like I mentioned, you vote at specific locations, so it might mess things up if your ID that you present on the election day doesn’t match with their outdated voting information. I updated my information and it only took about 2 minutes, so no sweat.

Hope that this information will serve as a useful starting point for any first time voters, and I hope that you will head out to the poles on October 19, 2015.


2 thoughts on “How to register as a voter in Canada 

  1. Good for you.
    Everyone should vote. It is a right and privilege in a democratic society.
    Anyone who does not vote should be ashamed and certainly never complain about the society they live in.

    You can say all you want about how awful the choices are this election. But realistically, they all believe they have the best interest of of the country in mind. So get and vote– failure to be involved can send democracy into terror. Just look at Germany in the 1930’s if you don’t believe ignoring a threatening political movement can drastically change your country.


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