Workers may be entitled to take time off work to vote

Canada Elections Act states workers must have three consecutive hours off work in which to cast a ballot
||Last Updated: 06/29/2004

Canadians are heading to the polls today to cast ballots in the federal election in one of the tightest races in recent memory.

Employers have certain obligations to employees to ensure they have adequate time to vote.

The Canada Elections Act states that every employee who is an elector is entitled, during voting hours on polling day, to have three consecutive hours for the purpose of casting a vote. If the employee’s hours of work do not allow for those three consecutive hours, the employer shall allow time for voting that is necessary to provide those three consecutive hours.