Accessibility in the Federal Election

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Canadians are expected to head to the polls on Monday October 21, 2019 for a federal election. CNIB Foundation wants to make sure electors who are blind, partially sighted, or deafblind are aware of their right to accessible services and tools available at the polls.

CNIB Foundation in British Columbia is hosting several in-person training sessions in the lead-up to the Federal election. At these sessions, participants can use and test the accessibility tools that will be provided by Elections Canada at the polls.

We can also help check your local polling location, make sure you’re on the voters list, and help with registering to vote! Make sure you know what to expect, and what you can request on voting day, by participating in one of the following sessions!

British Colombia Elections Canada Information Sessions

A complete list of Elections Canada information sessions in British Columbia is below. To register for an Elections Canada information session in British Columbia, click here!

CNIB Prince George, 490 Quebec Street #100, Prince George, BC V2L 5N5
October 2, 2019
10 – 11:30am

CNIB Prince George, 490 Quebec Street #100, Prince George, BC V2L 5N5
October 2, 2019
1:30 – 3pm

CNIB Vancouver, 200- 5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 6B2
October 2, 2019
5:30 – 7pm

CNIB Kamloops, 546 St Paul Street #190, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5T1
October 3, 2019
10:30 – 12pm

CNIB Kamloops, 546 St Paul Street #190, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5T1
October 3, 2019
1:30 – 3pm

CNIB Vancouver, 200- 5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 6B2
October 4, 2019
10 – 11:30am

CNIB Vancouver, 200- 5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 6B2
October 4, 2019
1:30 – 3pm

CNIB Kelowna, 1456 St Paul Street #101, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6
October 9, 2019
10 – 11:30am

CNIB Kelowna, 1456 St Paul Street #101, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6
October 9, 2019
2 – 3:30pm

CNIB Kelowna, 1456 St Paul Street #101, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6
October 10, 2019
5 – 6:30pm

CNIB Victoria, 102 - 1675 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2G5
October 11, 2019
10 – 11:30am

CNIB Victoria, 102 - 1675 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2G5
October 11, 2019
1 – 2:30pm

Chilliwack Mt Cheam Lions Club, 45580 Spadina Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1V1
October 18, 2019
10:30 – 12pm

2630 Bourquin Crescent W #7, Abbotsford, BC V2S 5N7
October 18, 2019
2 – 3:30pm

To register for an in-person training session, click here.

If you are unable to make any of the in-person training sessions, we are offering remote training using a teleconference line. No registration required.

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
September 24, 2019
– 6pm 

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
October 4, 2019
12 – 1pm

 

Accessibility Features

The following materials will be available at CNIB in-person trainings, and will be available for voters on election day:

  • Magnifier with light (4x)
  • Voting screen that lets more light in
  • Sign language interpretation (if requested by the Tuesday before election day)
  • Braille list of candidates (available on election day only)
  • Assistance in marking a ballot
  • Tactile and braille voting templates
  • Large-print list of candidates
  • Large-grip pencils
  • Signature guide
  • Welcome to Your Polling Place card (guides elector through voting process)

Electors may also use an assistive device when voting, such as their own pencil to mark the ballot, or smartphone to read the ballot behind the voting screen. Smartphone devices may be connected to the internet however the use of a mobile device and any applications required for this purpose are your responsibility.

More information

More information is available at:

1-800-463-6868
TTY 1-800-361-8935
www.elections.ca