We'll need to test the systems. Of course, laboratory simulations will be conducted. Extensive testing must be conducted before the equipment is introduced at polling sites. We may have the opportunity to do so during a by-election. If the opportunity arises, we'll seize it, obviously. However, the opportunity may not arise. What matters is testing the technology.
We're also working with a number of provinces that are currently introducing the same technology. I was able to witness British Columbia's provincial elections last week. In British Columbia, they chose electronic poll books for advance polls and certain transactions for the regular polls. I was pleased to see how smoothly things ran and how comfortable the election workers were with using the electronic poll books. I spoke to a number of election workers who were clearly of retirement age, and they were very comfortable with using the technology. This option is therefore available.
We also worked with people from Elections Ontario during their by-elections. They will hold a general election in about a year, and they intend to deploy the electronic poll book technology at that time.
There are many possibilities, and we'll take advantage of all of them to make sure the technology is in top shape.
Costs will mostly depend on deployment. For the advance polls, at this point, before the procurement process, we're talking about between $6 million and $8.8 million. For the regular polls, the amount is between $20 million and $30 million, according to various deployment scenarios. Again, we'll have the chance to refine these figures as our initiative progresses.