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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 North 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 North Elections Canada Information Sessions

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

CNIB Timmins, 60 Wilson Avenue Suite 312, Timmins, ON, P4N 2S7
October 3, 2019
4:30 - 6:30pm

CNIB Thunder Bay, 229 Camelot Street, Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 4B2
October 8, 2019
1 – 3pm

CNIB Sudbury, 1545 Regent Street Unit 104, Greater Sudbury, ON, P3E 2Z7
October 11, 2019
1:30 – 3:30pm

CNIB Barrie, 20 Anne Street South Unit 10, Barrie, ON, L4N 2C5
October 17, 2019
2 – 4pm

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

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