On October 21, Canada will make a decision on which federal party they believe will best serve them. With six federal parties offering a variety of opinions and positions this, Canadians will have a tough decision to make when they head out to vote in the election.

Here in Montreal, we have 18 unique ridings each with their own unique issues. Keep in mind that you're voting not only for who will be the next Prime Minister but also who will represent your community in the House of Commons.

The six major parties vying for your vote are the Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the New Democratic Party, the Green Party, the Bloc Quebecois, and the People's Party of Canada

There's a lot of information to know and with debates, scandals, and Twitter flame wars occupying your airwaves, you might've forgotten to actually register to vote. Or, it might be your first time ever voting in a Canadian election and you're feeling overwhelmed.

MTL Blog has got you covered! 

Here you'll find all the information you need on how and where you can vote in Montreal on October 21.

How do I register to vote?

Before you go to vote, remember that you need to register!

It's easy! All you have to do is take a picture of your photo ID and confirm your address with Elections Canada before October 15. If you've moved since the last election in 2015, this is a crucial step! 

If you've been living at the same address, you should be good. Just make sure to double-check with Elections Canada! 

You can also register in person by visiting your closest Elections Canada office! 

Register and confirm your eligibility here!

Can I take part in advanced polling?

Will you be out of town on election day or are worried that you won't be able to make it out to vote on the 21? Don't worry, Elections Canada has you covered. 

Starting on October 11 and ending on the 14th, Montrealers will be able to use one of the advanced polling stations around the island to vote ahead of time.

From universities, community centres, and local Elections Canada offices, there are plenty of options for you. Advance polling stations will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Find where your nearest advance polling station is here!

What do I need to vote?

The first thing you'll need is a valid piece of ID. Either a driver's license or any other card issued by a Canadian government (provincial, federal, territorial, etc) with a photo and current address. 

If you don't have that, you can show your voter information card (in the mail if you've registered) and a utility bill or student ID. There are also dozens of other valid IDs like your healthcare card, Canadian forces card, social insurance number, and even library card. 

If you have no ID, you can have someone declare your address in writing and must bring someone who is assigned to your voting station to vouch for your identity. 

To find out which ID is valid and what you should do if you need special accommodation, please consult Elections Canada here!

How do I vote? 

Keep in mind that in a federal election, you're voting for the Member of Parliament for your riding as well as the Prime Minister. You don't vote for the PM directly, unless they're in your riding. 

The ballots will look like "LAST NAME, First name" and will require you to mark an "X" on the blank circle next to your chosen candidate. 

You then fold your ballot and give it back to the voting officer who will put your ballot in the box. That's it! Good job, citizen. 

Remember that no one has the right to see your vote or ask whom you're voting for. 

To find your closest polling station, input your postal code on Elections Canada's official website.

Monday, October 21 — it's your decision, Canada! 


Want to know more about where the parties stand on issues that matter to you? Check out our Elections Platform Series! 

Conservative Party 
Green Party 
Liberal Party - coming soon!
NDP - coming soon!

Want to know more about what the candidates are saying? Don't miss our Elections Interview Series!

Jagmeet Singh (NDP)
Maxime Bernier (PPC)
David Tordjman (Conservative Party)
Clement Badra (Green Party)
Steven Guilbeault (Liberal Party) - coming soon! 
Alexandre Boulerice (NDP) - coming soon! 

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