On July 20, 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned an earlier ruling regarding voting by Canadians abroad. As a result of this decision, electors who want to be on the International Register of Electors and vote by special mail-in ballot from abroad must demonstrate that they meet two additional criteria:
- They must confirm that they intend to return to Canada to reside by providing the date on which they intend to resume residence in Canada, and
- They must confirm that they have resided abroad for less than five consecutive years, or provide proof that they fall within one of these exceptions to the five-year rule:
- They are employed outside Canada in the federal public administration or the public service of a province – or live with someone who is;
- They are employed outside Canada by an international organization of which Canada is a member and to which Canada contributes – or live with someone who is; or
- They live with a member of the Canadian Forces or with a person who is employed outside Canada by the Canadian Forces as a teacher in, or as a member of the administrative support staff for, a Canadian Forces school.