There is a catch, though: your boss is the one who decides when you can vote if you require time off from work. You are legally entitled to 3 consecutive hours during the designated voting period to cast your ballot. So…if you work 9 to 5 – – and polling hours in your province are 7am to 7pm – – the most work you can skip is one hour…and at your boss’ discretion.
Employers who don’t abide by this law are subject to a fine up to $2,000 and/or three months in jail. A little excessive, but worth pointing out if you think they’re not giving you the time you need to cast your ballot.
Here in Ontario, polls will be open from 9:30 am until 9:30 pm. Regardless of how you will vote, the important thing is that you exercise your democratic right to mark an “x” and drop that piece of paper into a ballot box on Monday!