Time off for Voting

The Election Act requires employers to provide employees with time off to vote, as follows:

  • Electors should have three consecutive, non-work hours to vote between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm on Election Day.
  • If an elector’s work schedule does not provide for the three consecutive hours, the employer must provide extra time off.
  • When the extra hours are provided by the employer, the time given must be paid, and no penalty should be imposed on the employee for taking time off.
  • The extra time off is for voting only.

Electors may also vote during the Advance Polls or by Special Ballot. 

NOTE: Electors that have already voted are not eligible for extra time off on Election Day. Employers are not required to provide time off during advance voting days.


Examples

An elector must work between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. As the employee has three consecutive hours between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm to vote, the employer does not need to provide extra time off for voting.

An elector must work between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm. The employee does not have three consecutive non-work hours for voting. The employer could provide either two hours off in the morning (9:00 am to noon) or one hour in the evening (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm). In this example, the employer retains the right as to when to give the employee time off.

NOTE: The employer may determine what impacts their operation the least.