Do I get time off to vote?
Federal Election Day is October 21, 2019 * You can vote from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PST.
According to the Canada Elections Act, all eligible voters “must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off… Your employer has the right to decide when the time off will be given.”
HEU members who do not have three consecutive hours before the polls open or close are entitled to paid time off – your employer can decide if you start late or leave early to accommodate your right to vote.
Example: Polling stations in the Lower Mainland are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you work 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., you are legally entitled to one paid hour off work to vote. Your employer may choose to give you one hour at the start or end of your shift, meaning you would report to work either at 10:00 a.m. or leave work early at 4:00 p.m.
Make sure you have your voter registration card and government-issued photo ID like a driver’s licence, and/or two documents with your name and mailing address on them when you go to the polling station.
Visit https://www.elections.ca/ for more information.