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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.

The CNIB Foundation 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!

Ontario Elections Canada Information Sessions:

  • Barrie: Thursday, October 17, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. CNIB Barrie (20 Anne Street South, Unit 10)
  • Belleville: Tuesday, October 1, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. St. Columba Presbyterian Church (520 Bridge Street East)
  • Brantford: Tuesday, October 15, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Wayne Gretzky Center - Tournament Room (254 North Park Street)
  • Chatham: Friday, October 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. United Way Of Chatham-Kent (425 McNaughton Ave W)
  • Cornwall: Thursday, September 19, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Cornwall Public Library (45 Second Street East)
  • Durham Region: Thursday, October 17, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Kids Safety Village (1129 Athol St., Whitby)
  • Hamilton: Wednesday, October 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hamilton Chamber Of Commerce (120 King St W)
  • Kingston: Wednesday, October 2, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. CNIB Kingston (826 Princess Street)
  • Kitchener: Friday, October 18, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m. CNIB Kitchener (151 Frederick Street, Suite 201)
  • London: Thursday, October 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. CNIB London Community Hub (171 Queens Ave. Suite 101. (entrance on Richmond)
  • Ottawa: Wednesday, September 18, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Rideau Park United Church (2203 Alta Vista Drive)
  • Ottawa: Thursday, October 10, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CNIB Ottawa Hub (425 Marche Way, Unit 104, Lansdowne Park
  • Peel Region: Tuesday, October 7, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. CNIB Mississauga (50 Burnamthorpe Road West, Mississauga
  • Sudbury: Friday, October 11, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CNIB Sudbury Hub (1545 Regent Street, Unit 104)
  • Thunder Bay: Tuesday, October 8, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. CNIB Thunder Bay (229 Camelot Street) 
  • Timmins: Tuesday, October 3, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CNIB Timmins (60 Wilson Ave., Suite 312)
  • Toronto: Saturday, October 19, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. CNIB Community Hub (1525 Yonge Street, Toronto)
  • Windsor: Tuesday, October 15, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Fontainebleau Public Library (3030 Rivard Ave)
  • York Region: Thursday, October 10, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. York Region Police Station (171 Major Mackenzie Drive West, Richmond Hill)

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 19, 2019
6 – 7 pm

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
October 11, 2019
1 – 2 pm

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