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Do Employers Need to Provide Time Off to Vote?

By May 18, 2022Employees, Ontario

The 2022 Ontario election will take place on  Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Under Ontario’s Election Act, every employee who is qualified to vote is entitled to three consecutive hours to vote while the polls are open. In most of the province, polls are open between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm

Under Ontario’s Election Act, employees can ask for time off to vote and can’t lose pay. However,  employers can grant the time off at a time “that best suits the convenience of the employer.”

For example: if an employee works from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., they don’t need time off because they have three hours after work to vote (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.). But if a worker is on a shift from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the employer must give time off, so the employee has three consecutive hours to vote; this could mean letting them leave work an hour early at 6 p.m.

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