The next municipal elections will take place on November 7, 2021, in Gatineau as elsewhere in Quebec. Voting is an essential component of municipal democracy.
When you vote, you become part of the process of electing your city's mayor and the municipal councillor who will represent your district on the Municipal Council.
In order to vote in Gatineau, you must:
Anyone whose domicile is not in Gatineau who on September 1, 2021 has owned a building or occupied a business establishment in Gatineau since at least September 1, 2020 may be included on the list of electors under certain conditions. That person must submit a written request to the Returning Officer to be included on the list of electors, and their name may only appear once.
Co-proprietors of a building and co-occupants of a business establishment whose domicile is not in Gatineau must designate, in a signed document submitted to Ville de Gatineau, one person whose name will be included on the list of electors.
A legal person, such as a corporation or a union, may not be included on the list of electors.
The directeur général des élections du Québec keeps a list of electors based on the information obtained from its partners. Every person is responsible for ensuring that their name appears on that list.
In early October, everyone who is registered will receive a notice of registration in the mail. If you receive that notice, you will be able to vote on November 7. However, if you do not receive it, or if the notice indicates No registered voter at this address, that means you are not on the list of electors at this address. In that case, you must appear before the board of revisors to register.
If you are not on the list of electors, or if any of your information is incorrect or missing, or if your name or someone else's is on the list when it should not be, you must appear before the board of revisors to correct the situation. Bring two valid pieces of ID, one with your name and date of birth, the other with your name and address. A spouse, parent or other person living with you may appear on your behalf.
You must be on the list of electors to vote, and it is your responsibility to register.
The municipal election will take place on Sunday, November 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Everyone on the list of electors will be able to cast their ballot in the advance poll. The advance poll will be open on Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the locations indicated on your voting reminder card.
You can also cast your ballot in the office of the Returning Officer on Wednesday, November 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the locations indicated on your voting reminder card.
Exceptionally, in the context of the pandemic, the Government of Quebec has adopted a number of legislative provisions to make it possible to use mail-in voting in lieu of the mobile voting normally provided to electors living in establishments recognized by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.
In 2021, in every municipality in Quebec, the following will be able to submit a request to the office of the Returning Officer for voting by mail-in ballot:
In addition, Gatineau Municipal Council has passed a resolution enabling electors aged 70 years or over who are on the Ville de Gatineau list of electors to vote by mail-in ballot by submitting a request to the office of the Returning Officer.
In order to vote by mail-in ballot, an elector meeting any of the conditions stated above will have to:
The request for voting by mail-in ballot will be valid for the November 7, 2021 election.
You may complete and submit the Demande de vote par correspondance form online.
Every elector whose name is on the list of electors will receive a voting reminder notice indicating the electoral district, voting station location and polling subdivision number.
Show this notice, along with your ID, when you go to vote. This will speed up the process and make it more efficient.
Electors wishing to vote must first show a valid ID such as:
September 17 to 4:30 p.m. on October 1
Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From Monday, October 4 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5.
Electors are responsible for ensuring that their ballots are received in the office of the Returning Officer by 4:30 p.m. on November 5. Ballots received after that will be cancelled.
Wednesday, November 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Due to the pandemic, the Government of Quebec has set in place a number of sanitary measures that will be applied during the municipal election. As the situation evolves, so do the measures. The Returning Officer is responsible for ensuring that the election runs smoothly. She will see to the safety of poll workers and voters during the electoral process. There will be a number of provisions aimed at maintaining compliance with the sanitary measures to ensure that the elections unfold safely.
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 290,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.