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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 Foundation in Ontario South/GTA 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 South/ GTA Elections Canada Information Sessions

A complete list of Elections Canada information sessions in Ontario South/GTA is below. To register for an Elections Canada information session in Ontario South/GTA, click here!

CNIB Mississauga, 50 Burnamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, Sussex Centre, Suite 421 Mississauga, ON  L5B 3C3
October 7, 2019
5 – 7pm

York Region Police Station, 171 Major Mackenzie Drive West, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 5J1
October 10, 2019
1 – 3pm

Kids Safety Village, 1129 Athol Street, Whitby, ON L1N 4A6
October 17, 2019
12 – 2pm

CNIB Community Hub, 1525 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4T 1Z2
October 19, 2019
1 – 3pm

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.

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:

TTY 1-800-361-8935

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