Ticking the “Yes” boxes in the Elections Canada section is an easy way to keep your voter registration up to date, if you are eligible to vote.
Elections Canada will use the information you provide to update the National Register of Electors (the Register), the database of Canadian citizens eligible to vote in federal elections and referendums. Elections Canada uses the information in the Register to prepare voters lists for federal elections and referendums, and to communicate with voters. Other uses of the information permitted under the Canada Elections Act include providing voter information to provincial and territorial election agencies for uses permitted under their respective legislations, and providing voter information (not including birth dates) to members of Parliament, registered political parties and candidates at election time.
Only persons who have Canadian citizenship and are 18 years of age or older are eligible to vote. Generally, you are a Canadian citizen either by birth or if you have obtained Canadian citizenship through the formal process of becoming a Canadian citizen (naturalization). If you are unsure about your Canadian citizenship status, see Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
For more information visit Elections Canada or call 1-800-463-6868. Teletypewriter users can call 1-800-361-8935.
How to complete this section
These questions are optional. Regardless of whether you answer them or leave them blank. The CRA does not use this information for the purpose of processing your return.
If you have Canadian citizenship and authorize the CRA to share your name, address, date of birth, and Canadian citizenship status with Elections Canada, tick “Yes” to both questions. If you do not authorize the CRA to share your information with Elections Canada, tick “No” to question B.
If you do not have Canadian citizenship, tick "No" to question A and leave question B blank.
If you tick "No" to question B
- The CRA will not give any of your information to Elections Canada.
- Elections Canada will not remove your information from the Register or from voters lists, if your name is already there.
- If there is an election or referendum and you are not already registered with Elections Canada, you will have to register before you vote.
If during the year you change your mind about the CRA sharing your information with Elections Canada, call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 to remove your authorization. To be removed from the Register, contact Elections Canada.
Do not complete this section for a deceased person. If you are completing a return for a deceased person who consented to provide information to Elections Canada on their last return, the CRA will notify Elections Canada to remove the deceased person’s name from the Register.
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