Employers’ obligations at election time

Workers need three hours to vote between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/16/2008

Employees need to be given a three-hour window in which to vote on election day, but employers won't have to make special accommodations for most 9-to-5 workers, according to the Canada Elections Act.

Under the act, every employee who is qualified to vote has the right to take three consecutive hours, while the polls are open, for the purpose of voting.

Most polls are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. so if employees start work after 12:30 p.m. or end work before 6:30 p.m., employers aren't required to give them time off.