Polls are open for 12 hours on election day, but poll times vary depending on what time zone you’re in.
Voting hours across Canada (all times local):
- Newfoundland Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Atlantic Time: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Eastern Time: 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Central Time*: 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Mountain Time*: 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Pacific Time: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*Saskatchewan is a special case, as most of the province doesn’t observe daylight saving time. So even though the province is geographically in the Mountain Time Zone, most of the province observes Central Standard Time all year round. All voters need to remember is that voting hours for this election in Saskatchewan are from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
As long as you are in the building at your polling station before the polls close, you are still able to vote, even if there is a line-up.
If your electoral district spans more than one time zone, Elections Canada decides one local time for voting throughout the district.
The electoral districts spanning more than one time zone are:
- Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine
- Thunder Bay–Rainy River
The correct voting hours will be listed on the voter information cards sent to residents living in these electoral districts.