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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 East 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 East Elections Canada Information Sessions:

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

Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa, ON, K1H 7L9
September 18, 2019
1:30 – 3:30pm

Cornwall Public Library, 45 Second Street East, Cornwall, ON, K6H 1Y3
September 19, 2019
1 – 3pm

St Columba Presbyterian Church, 520 Bridge Street East, Belleville, ON, K8N 1K1
October 1, 2019
1 – 3 pm

CNIB Kingston, 826 Princess Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 1G3
October 2, 2019
5 – 7pm

Mark Street United Church, 90 Hunter Street East, Peterborough, ON, K9H 1G5
October 8, 2019
12 – 2pm

CNIB Ottawa, Unit 104 – 425 Marche Way Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5J3
October 10, 2019
1 – 3pm

CNIB Ottawa, Unit 104 – 425 Marche Way Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5J3
October 10, 2019
5 – 7pm

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 – 7pm

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

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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