VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A majority of Canadians want the day off for election day, according to a new poll.
Fifty-eight per cent of Canadians agree or strongly agree with making the day of the federal election a holiday That number goes up to 72 per cent among people under 35, and drops to 48 per cent among people over 55.
The poll was done by Vancouver-based Research Co.
A third of Canadians say they don’t agree with being given the day off, and one in 10 are undecided.
A majority of Canadians would also like to see voting become mandatory like it is in Australia.
Election Day is Oct. 21
The polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in B.C.
There are some provisions to ensure people can get time off work to cast their ballot.
“By law, everyone who is eligible to vote must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off,” according to Elections Canada.