Time off to vote in Federal election

Three Consecutive Hours to Vote

Employees who are Canadian citizens and at least 18 years old must be allowed three consecutive hours in which to vote on election day. If an employee’s hours of work do not allow three consecutive hours in which the polls are open, then the employer must allow the time.

Employer Decides When

It is up to the employer to decide when to make the time available on election day, for example allowing the employee to arrive late or leave early.

No Pay Deductions or Penalties

Employers are not allowed to deduct pay or impose a penalty for the time off provided for voting.

Exceptions in the Transportation Industry

Employers in the transportation industry do not have to provide employees with three consecutive hours for voting if the following four conditions apply:

  • if the company transports goods or passengers by land, air or water
  • if the employee is employed outside his or her polling division
  • if the employee is employed in the operation of a means of transportation, and
  • if the time off cannot be allowed without interfering in the transportation service.

For more informaton please visit http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&dir=yth/bas/faq&document=index&lang=e#a12