Deaf persons and individuals with hearing loss need full and equal access to the democratic and electoral system during the municipal, provincial and federal election campaign activities and election polls.
All political parties and organizers of all candidates meetings, election campaign activities, and election polls are legally responsible to accommodate individuals with hearing loss and Deaf persons who are candidates, election campaign volunteers, members of political parties and voters.
2015 Federal Elections
The 2015 Canadian Federal election will be held on October 19, 2015 to elect members to the House of Commons. CHS asked the upcoming Federal election candidates to make them aware of four critical issues facing Canada's Deaf and hard of hearing citizens.
Know your rights
Elections across Ontario require accessibility. Do you know your rights related to voting?
Removing Barriers to Political Participation
The Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario (CPA Ontario), CHS, CNIB and Ontario March of Dimes partnered with the government of Ontario to prepare Count Us In: Removing Barriers to Political Participation, 2007, three reference guides to increase accessibility of Ontarians with disabilities to the democratic process.
To obtain information on the Accessible Election Guidelines for voters, volunteers, citizens or candidates who participate in riding association activities, election campaign activities or election polls, CHS has compiled resourceful links.