Voting: Time Off Work

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October 1 is voting day in Quebec. If you must work that day, your employer must give you time off to vote.

Four consecutive hours

On Monday, October 1, the polls are open from 9:30 am to 8 pm. If it’s a working day for you, your employer must ensure you have four consecutive hours to vote.

Examples:

  • If you usually work from 8 am to 4 pm, you employer doesn’t have to give you any time off because you’ll have four consecutive hours from 4 pm to 8 pm.
  • If you usually work from 10 am to 6 pm, your employer must give you time off before, during or after your work day so that you have four consecutive hours off. For example, you can end your day at 4 pm instead of at 6 pm.

Your employer can’t deduct anything from your paycheque and can’t force you to use your lunch break as part of the four hours.

To learn more about voting (where to vote, proof of identity, etc.) visit the website electionsquebec.qc.ca