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Majority of Canadians think election day should be a national holiday: poll

Last Updated Oct 10, 2019 at 9:34 pm PST

A voter casts a ballot in the 2011 federal election in Toronto on May 2, 2011. A think tank report commissioned by Elections Canada is recommending some stiff new restrictions on money raised and spent by advocacy groups to influence the outcome of federal election campaigns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Summary

58 per cent of Canadians are in favour of getting the day off to cast their ballots

The percentage is higher among voters under 35

In B.C. polls close at 7 p.m. and employers are required to make accommodations so employees can vote during the workday

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.