The Ontario provincial election will be held on June 7, 2018. Under the Election Act of Ontario (Act), eligible employees are entitled to three consecutive hours during voting hours in order to vote. Section 6 of the Act states:
EMPLOYEES TO HAVE THREE CONSECUTIVE HOURS FOR VOTING
(3) Every employee who is qualified to vote shall, while the polls are open on polling day at an election, have three consecutive hours for the purpose of voting and, if the hours of his or her employment do not allow for three consecutive hours, the employee may request that his or her employer allow such additional time for voting as may be necessary to provide those three consecutive hours and the employer shall grant the request.
DEDUCTION FROM PAY PROHIBITED
(4) No employer shall make any deduction from the pay of any employee or impose upon or exact from the employee any penalty by reason of his or her absence from work during the consecutive hours that the employer is required to allow under subsection (3).
TIME OFF BEST SUITING CONVENIENCE OF EMPLOYER
(5) Any time off for voting as provided in subsection (3) shall be granted at the time of day that best suits the convenience of the employer.
Polls are open between 9:00am and 9:00pm, EST. According to the above, the Act provides that if an employee is working on a voting day, and does not have three consecutive hours to vote while polls are open, and requests time off to vote, the employer must provide them with paid time off to vote.
For more information on how to vote, please visit the Elections Ontario website.