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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 Alberta/ NWT 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!

Alberta/NWT Elections Canada Information Sessions:

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

Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49 Street, Red Deer, AB, T4N 1T9
September 16, 2019
1 – 4pm

Lethbridge Public Library, 810 5th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4C4
September 17, 2019
1 – 4pm

CNIB Calgary, 10-11 A Street NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 4Z3
September 18, 2019
1 – 4pm

Medicine Hat Public Library, 414 1 Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 0A8
September 24, 2019
1 – 4pm

Oliver School,10227 118 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5K 2V4
September 25, 2019
6 – 8pm

Grande Prairie Public Library, 9839 - 103 Avenue Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 2H3
September 26, 2019
5 - 8pm

Camrose Public Library, 4710 50 Avenue, Camrose, AB, T4V 0R8
October 2, 2019
5:30 – 7:30pm

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 24, 2019
6 – 7pm

1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
October 4, 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