Ecojustice Blog – Climate change, Special Update Posted on October 8, 2019 (updated: October 8, 2019)

Your 5-step guide to voting for the climate

Devon PageLawyer
Voting for the climate
Photo by Carolyn Wong

Are you among the thousands of Ecojustice supporters who are committed to voting for the climate in the 2019 federal election?

This election, who we vote for matters more than ever. From wildfires in B.C. and Alberta to flooding in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes, climate change is impacting Canadians and the people and places we love.

On Oct. 21, you can turn the tide on climate change by electing a federal government that is committed to passing strong laws that treat climate change like a real emergency.

Here’s your five-step guide for doing just that.

1. Confirm your voter eligibility

To be eligible to vote in the upcoming federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old on Oct. 21, and be able to provide proof of identity.

For more details on the proof of identity requirement, scroll down!

2. Decide how and when you’d like to vote

There are four ways you can vote.

Vote on Election Day (Monday, Oct. 21) at your assigned polling station. You can find your polling station here. Remember, under Canada’s Elections Act, employers are required to ensure voters have three consecutive hours outside of regular working hours to cast their ballots.

• Vote at your assigned polling station on advance polling days. Those fall on Oct. 11, Oct. 12, Oct. 13 and Oct. 14.

• If those times don’t work for you, you can vote at any Elections Canada office before 6 p.m. on Oct. 15. Offices are open seven days a week.

• Or, you can vote by mail. To do this, you must first apply online, at an Elections Canada office, or, if you’re abroad, through any Canadian embassy, high commission, or consulate, before 6 p.m. on Oct. 15.

Watch this Elections Canada video for more information, or read more about each option on the Elections Canada website.

3. Bring your ID with you

In order to be eligible to vote, you must be able to prove your identity and address. There are three ways to do this:

Show government-issued ID. This could be a driver’s licence, or another card with your photo, name, and current address. To qualify for this category, your ID must have been issued by the federal government, or Canadian government at the provincial, territorial, or local level.

Show a combination of two pieces of ID. Both must show your name and at least one must have your current address. Here’s a full list of accepted ID that you can use under this option.

Declare your identity and address in writing. If you don’t have another accepted form of ID, you can declare your identity and then have somebody vouch for you. Your voucher must know you and be assigned to the same polling station as you.

4. Read up on how the parties say they’ll tackle climate change

Once you know you’re eligible to vote and you’ve figured out where and when to go to the polling station, take a moment to learn about how each of the major federal parties say they’ll tackle climate change.

Find out how the parties compare when it comes to committing to strong emissions reduction targets for 2030 and 2050, passing new laws to hold government accountable for its climate commitments, and introducing plans and policies to set Canada up to address the climate crisis.

Make sure you’ve read Ecojustice’s analysis of the Bloc, Conservative, Green, Liberal, NDP, and Peoples’ Party climate commitments.

For a summary of federal parties’ full environmental platforms (in their own words), consult the Election 2019 Environmental Survey.

5. Make a voting plan

Research shows that people who plan their vote in advance — that means figuring out where they’ll go and what time of day — are more likely to actually show up at the polls.

So make a plan! Once you know where your polling station is and the hours it will be open, plan on a time to vote that fits in with your schedule for the day, and figure out how to get there. Contact a friend or two and see if you can make a plan to go at the same time. Enter your voting plan into your diary or online calendar and set a reminder for yourself.

Voter turnout matters. So don’t be shy about reminding your friends, family, and neighbours to get out the vote too!

Learn more: Check out the Elections Canada website for more information on how to vote in the 2019 federal election.

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