Voting Day Identification Requirements for electors who are not included on list of electors

Updated 11 mos ago

An elector whose name is not on the List of Electors may be added at the time of voting. The Elections Act provides a number of options that enable electors – including those without conventional types of identification - to participate.

Option 1: An elector may vote after producing one piece of identification issued by the Government of Yukon, a Yukon First Nation*, the Government of Canada, or a municipality. The identification must show the elector’s name and current residential or mailing address. Samples appear in Section A (below).

SECTION A: GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION

(ONE PIECE REQUIRED)

  • Certificate of Indian Status Card
  • Fishing Licence
  • General Identification Card
  • Health Care Insurance Plan Card
  • Hunting Licence
  • Operator’s (driver’s) Licence
  • Trapping Licence
  • Vehicle registration

Option 2: An elector may vote after producing two pieces of identification that are satisfactory to the Chief Electoral Officer. Both pieces must show the elector’s name and one must show the elector’s current address. A list of identification authorized for this purpose appears in Section B (below).

SECTION B: AUTHORIZED IDENTIFICATION

(TWO PIECES REQUIRED)

  • Bank statement or personal cheque
  • Birth certificate
  • Burning permit
  • Camping permit
  • Canadian Air Transportation Security Agency (CATSA) card
  • Canadian Blood Services card
  • Canadian Border Services Agency Passenger Accelerated Service System (CANPASS) card
  • Canadian Border Services Agency Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card
  • Canadian Border Services Agency Nexus card
  • Canadian Forces Civilian identification card
  • Canadian Forces Health or identification card
  • Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) identification card
  • Charitable donation tax receipt
  • Citizenship card
  • Credit card statement
  • Credit or debit card
  • Employee identification card or payroll statement
  • Government benefits statement (employment insurance, old age security, social assistance, disability support, child tax benefit, etc.)
  • Health services identification band (patient wrist band)
  • Income tax document (assessment, etc.)
  • Insurance policy or coverage card (home or vehicle)
  • Lease agreement or accommodation bill
  • Library card
  • Marriage certificate
  • Membership card (health club, political party, retail outlet, etc.)
  • Mortgage document or statement
  • Old Age Security card
  • Passport
  • Pension plan statement of benefits or contributions
  • Pleasure Craft Operator (PCOC) card
  • Possession and Acquisition (Firearms) licence
  • Property tax assessment
  • Residential services invoice (yard or home services, etc.)
  • Social Insurance card
  • Student identification card or correspondence from a school, university or college
  • Utility bill (fuel, phone, power, etc.)
  • Veteran’s Affairs Canada Health card

ATTESTATIONS OF IDENTITY AND ORDINARY RESIDENCE ARE AVAILABLE FOR ELECTORS WHO MAY BE UNABLE TO PROVIDE OTHER TYPES OF IDENTIFICATION, INCLUDING:

  • Care Centre Electors (issued by an authorized representative of a care centre)
  • Electors Without a Fixed Address (issued by an authorized representative of a facility that provides accommodation, meals or other services to the elector)
  • Hospitalized Electors (issued by an authorized representative of a hospital)
  • Incarcerated Electors (issued by an authorized representative of a correctional institution)
  • Tenant Electors (issued by an authorized representative of a property manager or owner)

Option 3: An elector who is unable to provide authorized identification may vote by appointing a vouching elector whose name appears on the List of Electors for his or her electoral district. A vouching elector is restricted to vouching for one elector.


Option 4: An elector who is unable to provide authorized identification, and does not appoint a vouching elector, may vote after completing a signed declaration that will be administered by the election officer at the polling place. The elector will be asked to declare his or her name and current address, and declare that he or she is eligible to vote.


The same identification requirements apply to electors who vote by Special Ballot, in accordance with Section 104 of the Elections Act

*as defined in the Cooperation in Governance Act