City offers added voting opportunities in the Downtown Eastside and surrounding neighbourhoods
Shelters and social service drop-in centres to open for voting
We are expanding voting opportunities in the 2018 election by adding homeless shelters and social service drop-in centres to the list of voting locations. We aim to address the diverse barriers facing voters by bringing ballots to citizens within their neighbourhoods.
We heard from communities and updated the Election Bylaw in May to allow for the expansion of the program that included voting at large facilities, such as hospitals and long-term care centres. It now includes smaller facilities, such as shelters and social service drop-in centres. This increases the total number of special voting facilities to 90 in the 2018 election from 51 in the 2014 election.
We will be working with facility administrators to advertise the voting opportunities in the coming days.
From October 9 to 19, voting will take place in these 32 added voting locations. View the full list of 90 special voting locations across the city.
|Name||Address||Neighbourhood||Date||Voting time (approx)|
|Covenant House (clients only)||575 Drake St||Downtown||October 9||9:30am to noon|
|Catholic Charities Men's Hostel (clients only)||828 Cambie St||Downtown||October 9||4pm to 7pm|
|First United Church Shelter (clients only)||320 E Hastings St||Strathcona||October 10||9:30 to 11:30am|
|Evelyne Saller Centre||320 Alexander St||Strathcona||October 10||10:30am to 1pm|
|Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (women only)||302 Columbia St||Downtown||October 10||2pm to 4pm|
|The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver||50 E Pender St||Downtown||October 10||2pm to 4pm|
|Oppenheimer Park||400 Powell St||Strathcona||October 10||2pm to 4pm|
|Carnegie Community Centre||401 Main St||Downtown||October 10||5 to 7:30pm|
|New Fountain Shelter - PHS (clients only)||356 E Hastings St||Strathcona||October 11||10:30am to noon|
|Union Gospel Mission||601 E Hastings St||Strathcona||October 11||5:30pm to 7:30pm|
|Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (women only)||302 Columbia St||Downtown||October 12||10am to noon|
|Carnegie Community Centre||401 Main St||Downtown||October 12||11am to 2pm|
|The Dugout||59 Powell St||Downtown||October 13||9am to 12:30pm|
|Atira at 131 Dunlevy St (women only)||131 Dunlevy St||Strathcona||October 13||11:00am to 2:00pm|
|The Gathering Place Community Centre||609 Helmcken St||Downtown||October 13||11:30am to 2:30pm|
|Salvation Army - Harbour Light||119 E Cordova St||Downtown||October 14||10am to 2pm|
|Powell Place - Bloom Group Shelter (clients only)||329 Powell St||Strathcona||October 14||1:15pm to 3:30pm|
|Powell Street Getaway - Lookout Society||528 Powell St||Strathcona||October 15||1:30pm to 3:30pm|
|WISH Drop-in Centre (women only)||334 Alexander St||Strathcona||October 15||6pm to 8:30pm|
|Union Gospel Mission (clients only)||601 E Hastings St||Strathcona||October 16||6:30am to 8am|
|VPL - Strathcona||730 E Hastings St||Strathcona||October 16||10am to noon|
|Covenant House (clients only)||326 W Pender St||Downtown||October 16||4:30pm to 6:30pm|
|Directions Youth Services Centre (clients only)||1138 Burrard St||Downtown||October 16||6:30pm to 8pm|
|Bridge Housing for Women - Atira (clients only)||100 E Cordova St||Downtown||October 17||11:30am to 1:30pm|
|Aboriginal Shelter (clients only)||201 Central St||Strathcona||October 17||3:30pm to 5:30pm|
|Bloom Group - Springhouse (clients only)||333 E 16th Ave||Mount Pleasant||October 17||6:30 to 8pm|
|Salvation Army - Belkin House||555 Homer St||Downtown||October 18||10am to 12:30pm|
|Lookout Society - Al Mitchell Place (clients only)||346 Alexander St||Strathcona||October 18||10am to noon|
|1739 Venables Hall (affiliated with Britannia Community Centre)||1739 Venables St||Grandview-Woodland||October 18||1pm to 3:30pm|
|Lookout Society - Yukon Shelter (clients only)||2088 Yukon St||Mount Pleasant||October 18||1:30pm to 3:30pm|
|Directions Youth Services Centre (clients only)||1138 Burrard St||Downtown||October 19||9am to 11am|
|WISH Drop-in Centre (women only)||334 Alexander St||Strathcona||October 19||6pm to 9pm|
Citizens can also vote early in the Vancouver election from October 10 to 17 from 8am to 8pm at 12 community centres. Election day is October 20, when over 100 voting places will be open from 8am to 8pm. Learn more at vancouver.ca/vote or call 3-1-1.
The voting locations include the Union Gospel Mission who will be providing a media opportunity on October 16 for those wishing to visit a special voting place. Contact Jeremy Hunka at 604-996-1417 or JHunka@ugm.ca for more details.