Your obligations to voters today

Today is voting day. Here are your legal obligations in terms of giving employees time off to vote in the federal election
By Annie Chong
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/16/2003

Today is voting day.

By law you must give your employees adequate paid time off in order to vote. According to the law, “adequate time” is three hours.

Specifically, Section 132(1) of the Canada Elections Act says that employees who qualify as voters in a federal election are entitled to three consecutive hours — while the polls are open — in which to vote.