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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.

CNIB Foundations in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are 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!

New Brunswick Elections Canada Information Sessions

Edmundston
Wednesday, September 11th
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Bibliotheque publique Mgr-W.-J.-Conway Public Library (Edmundston)
33 rue Irene, Edmundston, NB E3V 1B7

Grand Falls
Thursday, September 12th
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Bibliotheque publique de Grand-Sault/Grand Falls Public Library
131 rue Pleasant, piece 201, Grand-Sault, NB E3Z 1G6

Sussex
Tuesday, September 17th
11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Sussex Library
46 Magnolia Ave, Sussex, NB E4E 2H2

Beresford
Tuesday, September 24th
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
CNIB Office
276 rue Marie, Beresford, NB E8K 1P8

Saint John
Thursday, October 3
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Saint John Free Public Library
1 Market Square, Saint John, NB E2L 4Z6

Moncton
Tuesday, October 15th
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
CNIB Office
525 Main St, Moncton NB E1C 1C4

To register for any of the above sessions, contact Roger Vienneau at (506) 655-7124 or Roger.vienneau@cnib.ca.

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 17, 2019
6 – 7pm

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
September 19, 2019
7 – 8pm

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
October 11, 2019
2 – 3pm

Nova Scotia Elections Canada Information Sessions

CNIB Halifax, 6136 Almon Street, Halifax, NS,  B3K 1T8
October 1, 2019
6 – 8pm

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 17, 2019
6 – 7pm

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
September 19, 2019
7 – 8pm

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
October 11, 2019
2 – 3pm

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