CCA/CFIB Benefits — You are required to give employees time off work to vote
According to the
Canada Elections Act
, any eligible voter must have three consecutive hours to exercise their right to vote on an election day. If your employees do not have three consecutive hours because of their work schedule, you must grant the hours accordingly.
For example, if you live in a riding where polling offices are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and some of your employees are regularly scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., they do not have three consecutive hours for voting.
To provide these employees with the required hours, you could allow them to arrive late (at 12:30 p.m.), leave early (at 6:30 p.m.) or give them three hours off sometime during the day. As an employer, you have the right to decide when the time off will be given.
Each province has the power to set its own election rules. This means that the mandatory number of hours may differ from the requirement for federal elections. Check out each province and territory’s requirements
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