Fair Representation Act (S.C. 2011, c. 26)

Assented to 2011-12-16

R.S., c. E-3ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES READJUSTMENT ACT

 Subsection 3(1) of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act is replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Commissions to be established
  • 3. (1) For each decennial census, the Governor in Council shall establish by proclamation, published in the Canada Gazette, an electoral boundaries commission for each province before the earlier of

    • (a) the expiry of a period of 60 days after the day on which the Minister receives a return certified by the Chief Statistician under subsection 13(1), and

    • (b) the expiry of a period of six months after the first day of the month that is fixed by the Governor in Council under subsection 19(1) of the Statistics Act as the month in which the census is to be taken.

 The Act is amended by adding the following before section 13:

Marginal note:Population estimates

12.1 The Chief Statistician shall prepare the estimates of the population of Canada and of each province required by subsection 51(1.1) of the Constitution Act, 1867 and send them, without delay, to the Minister and to the Chief Electoral Officer along with the estimates of the population of each province that were prepared for the purpose of the readjustment following the completion of the preceding decennial census.

Marginal note:1994, c. 41, par. 38(1)(a)

 Subsection 13(3) of the Act is replaced by the following:

  • Marginal note:Duty to assist

    (3) The Chief Statistician and the Department of Natural Resources shall make available their services and facilities, and render all other assistance that may be necessary, to the Chief Electoral Officer in order to enable the Chief Electoral Officer to discharge his or her duties under paragraph (2)(b).

 Subsection 14(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Calculation of members
  • 14. (1) On receipt of the estimates referred to in section 12.1, the Chief Electoral Officer shall calculate the number of members of the House of Commons to be assigned to each province, subject and according to the provisions of section 51 of the Constitution Act, 1867 and the rules in that section, and on the completion of that calculation shall cause a statement to be published in the Canada Gazette setting out the results.

Marginal note:1994, c. 41, par. 38(1)(a)

 Section 17 of the Act is replaced by the following:

Marginal note:Duty to assist

17. The Chief Statistician and the Department of Natural Resources shall make available their services and facilities, and render all other assistance that may be necessary, to a commission in order to enable the commission to discharge its duties under this Act.