We Vote - Federal Election 2015

On October 19, Canadians have a chance to elect a new federal government, one that will be better for all working people. In this important election, we'd like to help our members make an informed decision, so we've gathered resources on the most vital issues. Health care, child care, the environment, good jobs and the economy, retirement security, protecting our democracy, aboriginal rights, attacks on labour, C-51 - all important issues we cover. 

A reminder that eligible voters in the upcoming federal election must have three consecutive hours to cast their ballot.

This means your employer must give you time off if your work schedule on October 19, 2015 doesn’t allow for three consecutive hours.

The employer isn’t allowed to deduct any pay, but does have the right to tell you at what point during your work day the time off will be given.

This is the law. Your employer must comply.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time, and 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

To find your polling station, click here. 

Learn more about the campaign

Our national union, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), has prepared an extensive Federal Election Voting Guide that details the positions of the three main parties on the big issues. 

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) has also developed an Election 2015 Toolkit that has a lot of information - click here

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)'s Better Choice campaign has basic facts on the four biggest issues for union members across Canada: retirement security, health care, child care and good jobs. Click here to watch and share their catchy videos. 

In the spring, the BCGEU surveyed our members which election issues mattered most. You told us that health care, child care, the environment, good jobs and the economy, as well as retirement security, are at the top of your list of concerns. Click on these links for more detailed information: 

Are you anticipating awkward election conversation at the dinner table this weekend? Wondering how you’ll convince your friends or family to vote for a better choice this time?
At betterchoice.ca, we’ve got everything you need to crush awkward and own the debate.

In addition, the BCGEU works with community coalition groups who have created excellent resources on these topics. 

The BC Health Coalition is advocating for strong federal leadership on public health care through the Pledge to Vote for Public Health Care campaign. They will be producing a comprehensive report card with the parties’ positions on health care, so you can see clearly what the candidates stand for. By signing their pledge, you can get updates on health care election issues. The Canadian Health Coalition's election campaign, Healthcare for All, has clear information and shareable graphics. 
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada's #VoteChildCare2015 campaign is reminding all of the candidates and political parties that working families need access to child care. And, in B.C., the Coalition of Child Care Advocates has developed a comprehensive $10 a Day Plan for affordable, quality child care.
The Climate Action Network Canada is working hard on a national level to ensure that all of the candidates and political parties address urgent environmental issues. And, the Council of Canadians is campaigning to protect our coasts and communities from tanker traffic and pipelines.

Action Centre



It’s time for change in Ottawa. Join Tom Mulcair, local candidates, and fellow New Democrats and be part of the most important election campaign in a generation.

Change starts in Vancouver
Saturday, October 17, 2015
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, B.C.
Register here for Vancouver


Labour Councils across the province are supporting canvass activities. It’s important to join these canvass days, invite other members of your community as well. We need as many volunteers as possible! Just meet at the address listed, at the time listed. You’ll be trained and join a team of canvassers. For full information, including phone numbers, please click here. Sign up and commit a few hours of your time to electing progressive candidates across the province! This election is so important – and we can make a difference. We hope to see you there!

Union Sisters Canvassing - Lower Mainland

On Wednesday, October 14th, we are asking union sisters to canvass for 5 awesome women NDP candidates in the Lower Mainland. We will be in the last week of the campaign and our solidarity will very much be felt and appreciated. 

  • October 14    5:30 – 8:15 pm    Jinny Sims    Surrey – Newton    #210-7093 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC     778 394 5525
  • October 14    5:30 - 8:15 pm    Carol Baird Ellan    Burnaby North-Seymour     3863 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC    604 620 0637
  • October 14    5:30 – 8:15 pm    Constance Barnes    Vancouver – Centre    #140 – 1265 Granville St, Vancouver, BC    604 428 8847
  • October 14    5:30 – 8:15 pm    Mira Oreck    Vancouver- Granville    1308 West Broadway Vancouver, BC    604 428 4850
  • October 14    5:30 – 8:15 pm    Amandeep Nijjar    Vancouver-South    6184 Fraser Street, Vancouver, B.C.    604 559 9952

Vancouver and District Labour Council

  • October 13 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm - Vancouver Centre (Constance Barnes) #140-1265 Granville St
  • October 17 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm - Vancouver Centre (Constance Barnes) #140-1265 Granville St
  • October 18 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm - Vancouver Granville (Mira Oreck) 1308 West Broadway

Victoria Labour Council​​

  • October 13 – 5:30pm - Victoria (Murray Rankin) 851 Yates St
  • October 15 – 5:30pm - Victoria (Murray Rankin) 851 Yates St
  • October 17 – noon to 4:00pm - Cowichan-Malahat-Langford (Alistair MacGregor) #104 – 2806 Jacklin Road, Langford
  • October 17 - noon to 4:00pm - Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke (Randall Garrison) #C-3 100 Aldersmith Place

Kamloops and District Labour Council 

  • October 15 – 4 - 8pm – Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo (Bill Sundhu) 538 Tranquille Road, Kamloops