Identification Requirements

Proof of identify and current residence is required to be able to vote in municipal elections. If you do not have acceptable identification but are accompanied by an elector who has acceptable identification, that elector may vouch for you. A list of acceptable identification is posted below.

Any of the following documents that has the voter’s name and address on it will be accepted as valid proof:

  • Identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial, or local, or an agency of that government, that contains a photograph of the elector and their name and current address.
  • Bank or credit card statement or personal cheque.
  • Government cheque or cheque stub.
  • Income or property tax assessment notice.
  • Insurance policy or coverage card.
  • Letter from a public curator, public guardian, or public trustee.
  • Pension plan statement of benefits, contributions, or participation.
  • Residential lease or mortgage statement.
  •  Statement of government benefits (for example, employment insurance, old-age security, social assistance, disability support or child tax benefit).
  • Utility bill (for example, telephone, public utilities commission, television, hydro, gas, or water).
  • Vehicle ownership, registration, or insurance certificate.

A letter or form (attestation) confirming that the person lives at the stated address will also be accepted as valid proof. The letter can be signed prior to the vote by any of the following:
  • authorized representative of a commercial property management company;
  •  authorized representative of a correctional institution;
  •  authorized representative of a First Nations band or reserve;
  •  authorized representative of a post- secondary institution;
  •  authorized representative of a facility that provides services to the homeless; or
  •  authorized representative of a supportive living facility or treatment centre.
If a voter’s identification shows a post office box number as the address instead of a residential or legal address, it can be accepted as verification of current address if it is in reasonable distance to the voting jurisdiction. The address does not have to be in the voting division or ward.

New - Vouching

Changes to the Local Authorities Election Act will now allow provisions for vouching.  A voter who has shown valid identification may vouch for a voter who does not have identification if:
  • The person vouching signs a statement/form that they know the person and that the person resides at the address indicated on the statement; and
  • Both the voters meet the eligibility requirements to vote.
  • The elector has not already vouched for another person. 
A voter who has relied on vouching to validate their identity and address cannot vouch for someone else.

Still unsure if you have the required identification?
Call the Returning Officer at 403.762.1209 in advance for help.  There are lots of free options. Don't wait until Election Day.