How we're making it easy to vote in the Provincial General Election
Information for Post-Secondary Students
I'm a student who's attending a post-secondary institution in Ontario. Am I allowed to vote?
Yes. You may vote in the upcoming provincial general election if:
- You're 18 years of age or older on election day
- You're a Canadian citizen,
- You reside in an electoral district in which an election is being held, and
- You haven't already voted in the election.
What are my voting options?
As a post-secondary student who's eligible to vote, you can cast your ballot in one of three ways:
- Vote at an advance poll,
- Vote at your voting location on election day (please see your Notice of Registration Card), or
- Vote by Special ballot.
You must vote in the electoral district in which your principal residence is located.
What is a principal residence?
For most Ontario electors, their principal residence is their permanent residence.
As a post-secondary student elector you may have two residences. One residence is where you live while you're attending college or university—for example, your dorm room or your off-campus apartment. Your other residence is where you live when you're not attending college or university—for example, your family home. As a post-secondary student elector in Ontario, you have the opportunity to choose which residence you consider to be your principal residence.
Where do I vote?
You vote in the electoral district in which your principal residence is located.
Ok, I've chosen my principal residence—now what do I do?
To vote, you have three options. Please note: you will need one piece of identification that includes your name and address of your principal residence to vote.
- You can vote during the advance polls or on election day at the voting location indicated on your Notice of Registration Card. If you do not receive a Notice of Registration Card, please contact Elections Ontario at 1-888-668-8683 (Public Enquiries), or email@example.com.
- You can vote at the advance poll in the returning office of the satellite office in the electoral district of your chosen principal residence. Your returning office address is indicated on your Notice of Registration Card.
- You can vote by Special ballot at the returning office or the satellite office in the electoral district of your chosen principal residence.
What kind of identification document do I need if I've chosen my school address as my principal residence?
You'll need one piece of identification that shows both your name and your address. The address shown must be the address of where you live while you're at school. Bring the document with you to your voting location, your local returning office or satellite office.
I'm a post secondary student with a disability. Can I still vote?
Yes. All voting options are available to you if you are eligible to vote.
You can vote at an advance poll, on election day, or by Special ballot. You can also request a home visit.
You may be eligible to request a home visit. You can ask to vote by Special ballot at home if:
- You're eligible to vote,
- It is impossible or unreasonably difficult for you to get to your local returning office or satellite office and
- You need help completing the Special Ballot Application package because of a disability or because you're unable to read or write.