Exercise Your Right to Vote in the Federal Election

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By Megan Lacombe

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Exercise_Your_Right_to_Vote_in_the_Federal_ElectionThe Federal Elections commence today in Ontario. By casting your vote in the Federal Election, you can make your choice on who you would like to represent you in Federal politics. Your vote will help determine the Prime Minister of Canada. This is your chance to have your voice heard.

If you are a current assignment employee of Liberty Staffing Services, we would like to provide you with some information regarding your right to vote.

Am I Eligible to Vote?

You are eligible to vote if:

  • You have Canadian citizenship
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Registered to vote

Am I Allowed Time Off Work to Vote?

Yes. By law, your employer is required to give you three consecutive hours to cast your vote in the Federal Elections on Monday, October 19th. If your hours of work do not allow three consecutive hours to vote (i.e. those within the transportation industry), your employer must give you time off with pay.  

If you have three consecutive hours of your own time to vote (for those working part time hours), your employer is not required to give you additional time off to vote.

Are All Employers Legally Required to Give Time Off Work to Vote?

Yes, all employers are required, by law, to give their employees time off work to vote. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • If you are employed within the transportation industry (of goods or passengers, by land, air, or water), the obligation to provide you three consecutive hours does not apply
  • If you are employed outside of your polling division

When Can I Leave Work to Vote on Monday, October 19th?

Your employer decides when in the day you can leave work to vote. Please discuss this with your employer.

Will I Be Deducted Pay for Taking Time Off to Vote?

No, you will not be deducted pay or penalized for taking time off work to vote in the Federal Elections. You will receive your regular wages during your time away to vote.

How Can I Vote?

You must be registered to vote. If you are registered, you should have received a voter information card in the mail. Your voter information card will disclose where you will be able to vote, and what you should bring.

For further information regarding voting, please consult www.elections.ca.

Liberty Staffing Services hopes that your voting process runs smoothly.

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Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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