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(2015-2016 HR#3) Federal Election – October 19, 2015

Date: October 6, 2015
To: Faculty & Staff
From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Cc: HR Divisional Offices
Re: Federal Election – October 19, 2015

The Federal Election will be held October 19, 2015.

For information, including voting locations, voter registration and advance polls, please visit http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx.

For those who manage employees, please ensure that all employees whose normal work schedule would not allow them the three consecutive hours as outlined below are excused from work at an appropriate time in order to comply with the Canada Elections Act. In the forthcoming Federal Election on Monday, October 19, 2015, voting hours will run from 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. For the majority of employees whose normal work day ends at 5:00 p.m., no time off is required.

Under Section 132 of the Canada Elections Act:

“(1) Every employee who is an elector is entitled, during voting hours on polling day, to have three consecutive hours for the purpose of casting his or her vote and, if his or her hours of work do not allow for those three consecutive hours, his or her employer shall allow the time for voting that is necessary to provide those three consecutive hours.

(2) The time that the employer shall allow for voting under subsection (1) is at the convenience of the employer.”

Under Section 133, subsection (1) of the Act, “No employer may make a deduction from the pay of an employee, or impose a penalty, for the time that the employer shall allow for voting under subsection 132(1).”