Running for election

The country goes to the polls on Oct. 19 for the 42nd general election. Here's a look at some of the numbers involved, courtesy of Elections Canada:

Voters:

About 26.4 million electors are eligible to cast ballots.

Polling places:

  • 230,000 election workers
  • 338 electoral districts
  • 20,000 polling places
  • 65,000 polling stations
  • 300 voter information cards printed per second
  • 12 hours to vote at a polling station on election day

How big is it?

2.1 million square kilometres in Canada's largest electoral district (Nunavut)

6 square kilometres in Canada's smallest electoral district (Toronto-Centre)

72,747 electors per electoral district (on average)

The infrastructure

80 truckloads of election material sent across Canada

105,140 ballot boxes

244,377 voting pencils (about 18.5 km of pencils laid end to end)

338 Elections Canada offices (one in each riding) and 140 satellite offices

8,000 telephone lines

5,000 computers

340 servers

Number of party candidates

  • Alliance of the North: 1
  • Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada: 8
  • Bloc Quebecois: 78
  • Canada Party: 1
  • Canadian Action Party: 3
  • Christian Heritage Party of Canada: 30
  • Communist Party of Canada: 26
  • Conservative Party of Canada: 338
  • Democratic Advancement Party of Canada: 4
  • Forces et Democratie: 17
  • Green Party of Canada: 336
  • Independent: 74
  • Liberal Party of Canada: 338
  • Libertarian Party of Canada: 72
  • Marijuana Party: 8
  • Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada: 70
  • New Democratic Party: 338
  • No Affiliation: 6
  • Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency: 1
  • Pirate Party of Canada: 5
  • Progressive Canadian Party: 8
  • Rhinoceros Party: 27
  • Seniors Party of Canada: 1
  • The Bridge Party of Canada: 1
  • United Party of Canada: 1

Grand Total: 1792