September 20, 2019|Compliance, Election, Human Resources

The Canada Elections Act governs the election of representatives to the House of Commons across Canada.

Provincial statutes govern provincial & municipal elections. The Canada Elections Act governs elections for the House of Commons.

The Act requires that employees have three (3) consecutive hours off work on election day during polling station hours to vote. In so doing, employees shall not suffer a loss of regular wages in the event the (3) three consecutive hours cannot be accommodated outside of regularly scheduled working hours. (Exceptions apply to those in the transportation industry, refer to section 132(3) of the Act).

Reference clauses:

132(1) Every employee who is an elector is entitled, during voting hours on polling day, to have three consecutive hours for the purpose of casting his or her vote and, if his or her hours of work do not allow for those three consecutive hours, his or her employer shall allow the time for voting that is necessary to provide those three consecutive hours.

133(1) No employer may make a deduction from the pay of an employee, or impose a penalty, for the time that the employer shall allow for voting under subsection 132(1).

On October 21, 2019:

The 3 hours away from work must be within the set polling station hours.

Polls are open for the following hours in each respective time zone: Newfoundland 8:30 am – 8:30 pm; Atlantic 8:30 am – 8:30 pm; Eastern 9:30 am – 9:30 pm; Central 8:30 am – 8:30 pm; Saskatchewan 7:30 am – 7:30 pm; Mountain 7:30 am – 7:30 pm; Pacific 7:00 am – 7:00 pm (Note: Voters must vote at their assigned polling station on Election Day)

Advance Polling Days are on October 11, 12, 13 and 14 and the stations are open from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. (Note: voters must cast their ballot at their assigned station when accessing Advance Polling Stations.)

For those interested, a special ballot process may be used to cast a ballot at any Elections Canada officer prior to October 15, 2019. Or, electors may vote by mail by applying online or at any Elections Canada Office prior to October 15, 2019. 

If you require assistance in planning for this event across multiple shifts and/or in respect to remote worksites contact us at and we will assist you.


Tibetha Stonechild, Sam Kemble and Sara McLeod

The Workforce Delivery Inc. Team

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