Voter Identification Requirements

 

In order to vote in the upcoming municipal elections, voters will be required to provide proof of their name and home address. The following types of verification meet the standard provincial requirement for one piece of identification:

 

  • Identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and his or her name and current address
  • Attestation of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Tenant Elector issued by the authorized representative of a commercial property management company
  • Attestation of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Incarcerated Elector issued by the authorized representative of a correctional institution
  • Attestation of Identity and Ordinary Residence issued by the authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve
  • Attestation of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Post-Secondary Student Elector in Residence issued by the authorized representative of a post-secondary institution
  • Attestation of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Homeless Elector issued by the authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless
  • Attestation of Identity and Ordinary Residence for Elector in Long Term Care or Supportive Living Facility issued by the authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre
  • Bank/credit card statement or personal cheque
  • Correspondence issued by a school, college or university
  • Government cheque or cheque stub
  • Income/property tax assessment notice
  • Insurance policy or coverage card
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian or public trustee
  • Pension Plan statement of benefits, contributions or participation
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement
    Statement of government benefits: e.g. Employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support, or child tax benefit.
  • Utility bill: e.g. Telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas or water
  • Vehicle ownership, registration or insurance certificate

If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a residential or legal address,it can be accepted as verification of current address if it is in reasonable proximity to the voting jurisdiction. An elected authority could, by bylaw, require additional verification or a combination of verification to establish the person’s specific current address.

Your municipality may have other requirements or accept other types of verification. Please check with your municipality for local requirements.

  • Date modified: 2017-01-20