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Vote in the 2021 municipal election. Your vote matters!

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.

Who can vote?

In order to vote in Gatineau, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age on election day;
  • Be a Canadian citizen;
  • Have resided in Quebec for at least six months;
  • Be domiciled in Gatineau on September 1, 2021;
  • Not be under curatorship;
  • Not have been convicted of election fraud; and
  • Be on the list of electors.

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.

Demande d'inscription

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.

Procuration

A legal person, such as a corporation or a union, may not be included on the list of electors.

How do you know if you are 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.

Board of revisors

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.

Revisions will be made to the list of electors on

  • Monday, October 18 from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You must be on the list of electors to vote, and it is your responsibility to register.

When and how to vote

Election day

November 7
The municipal election will take place on Sunday, November 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Advance polls

October 30 and 31
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.

Cast your ballot in the office of the Returning Officer

November 3
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.

Mail-in voting

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:

  1. Electors living in a seniors' residence, hospital, long-term care facility (CHSLD), rehabilitation centre or reception centre;
  2. Electors who are unable to leave their home for health reasons and their caregivers if they live at the same address; and
  3. Electors who have been ordered or recommended to self-isolate by the public health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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:

  • be on the list of electors; and
  • have submitted an oral or written request to vote by mail-in ballot to the office of the Returning Officer no later than October 27, 2021.

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.

Voting reminder notice

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.

Required ID

Electors wishing to vote must first show a valid ID such as:

  • a driver's licence;
  • a health insurance card;
  • a Canadian passport;
  • a Status Indian certificate; or
  • an ID card issued to Canadian forces personnel.

Key dates

Filing of nomination papers

September 17 to 4:30 p.m. on October 1

Submission of the list of electors

October 8

Revision of the list of electors

  • October 18, from noon to 8 p.m.
  • October 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • October 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • October 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • October 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Advance poll

Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mail-in ballots

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.

Casting ballots in the office of the Returning Officer

Wednesday, November 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Municipal election day

Sunday, November 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What is my electoral district?

Electoral district Map Addresses

List of addresses in alphabetical order

Sanitary measures

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.

If you have questions about the November 7 election

Call 819-931-2900.

About Gatineau

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.

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