Voting Day Accessibility!

Hey everyone, we posted about the federal election coming up on Monday, September 20th.

Check out the video below all about what help is available on Election Day, and share it with anyone else who might be interested!

If you can’t find the accessibility information you’re looking for, call Elections Canada (1-800-463-6868 or (TTY) 1-800-361-8935).

Voting by mail…

Hey everyone, as we already posted, there is a federal election coming up on Monday, September 20th.

If you want to vote by mail, you can check out the Elections Canada website Voting by Mail page for instructions and help to vote by mail – the sooner you can apply to vote by mail, the better! The cutoff is September 14th (next Tuesday).

There are 3 steps to voting by mail:

You can click here to be taken to the “Apply to vote by mail” page or you can click here for frequently asked questions about voting by mail.

Elections Canada suggests you consider voting by mail if you are part of a vulnerable population, or you know you will be away on voting day and prefer not to vote early.

Voting and accessibility…

Hey everyone, there is a federal election coming up on Monday, September 20th.

Check out the Elections Canada website Accessible Voting page for resources to help you vote! They have separate information available about:

If you can’t find the accessibility information you’re looking for, call Elections Canada (1-800-463-6868 or (TTY) 1-800-361-8935).

Election Time!

Hey everyone, there is going to be an election this month on September 20th, and CLBC’s August 27th update had some great information and resources to help get prepared:

Elections Canada helps make voting accessible:

Upcoming BCPF workshop:

BC People First (BCPF) wants to help people with diverse abilities to feel ready to vote and to know their voting rights, and they are hosting a workshop on Sep. 13th. Join presenters and BCPF Members Jo-Anne Gauthier and David Sherritt on Zoom from 1:00pm to 2:15pm PDT. You can find full details and register here.

Vaccines and Consent…

Hey everyone, with the topic of VACCINES for COVID-19 coming up, there have been questions about providing informed consent for immunization. Thanks to the BCCEO network for sharing resources around this topic!

Click here to read what the BCCDC says about Informed Consent for Immunization, and inability to provide consent for immunization.

Click here to be taken to the Ministry of Health form for Consent for Vaccine-for Adults Assessed as Incapable of Giving Informed Consent.

Your Right to…Vote

Hey everybody, we are celebrating rights (and responsibilities) this month! Today’s post is about VOTING. You can register to vote in BC if you are:

  • 18 or older by General Voting Day (Oct. 24)
  • a Canadian citizen, and
  • a BC resident for the past six months as of General Voting Day (Oct. 24)

While Election Day in BC is coming up next Saturday (Oct. 24), in many places advance voting starts TODAY (Oct. 15)! If you plan to vote, check out what political parties say they will do about issues you care about. For example, the BC Special Olympics focused in on health care, check out this article for more information. Inclusion BC wrote to the political parties to find out what their plans were, check out their questions and issues here. You will need to decide which political party you will vote for in the election.

When you have decided who you will vote for, you will need to know where to go to vote. Find the place you will be voting (either in advance, or on Oct. 24) on the Elections BC website.

You will need to bring some specific items with you when you go to vote. You might want to get the items together in advance (i.e. your ID, a mask, etc). If you aren’t sure what you need, there is more information in this Elections BC voter guide.

Most importantly, if you’re planning to vote… ask for help, if you need it! Here are some ideas of who you could talk to and ask for help:

  • Your family or your friends
  • Your support worker or your home share provider
  • People you know at your church or in your neighborhood

When you’re making your plan to get out there and vote, you might need to know what help is available at the voting station. You can find information about what help is available on this Elections BC webpage.

Elections BC also has a webpage all about keeping healthy and safe while you vote — check it out here.

Happy voting!

WEBINAR: Voting!

Hey everyone, if you’re going to vote in the upcoming BC election there’s a webinar that can help answer your questions about voting — happening tomorrow!

You Can Vote! Webinar with Guest Melanie Callas from Elections BC
WHEN: October 14th, 2020 at 1:00-1:45PM (PST)

Inclusion BC is pleased to welcome Melanie Callas, Outreach Coordinator with Elections BC, to host the 5th webinar in our Virtual Learning Series. Melanie will talk about the voting process and answer questions about voting and the election.
Send us your questions! Inclusion BC is collecting questions to ask Melanie in the webinar. We want to hear from you! Please send your questions to Semanthi at