Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

Act current to 2014-12-18 and last amended on 2014-10-01. Previous Versions


Maintenance and Communication of Register

Marginal note:Register of Electors
  •  (1) The Chief Electoral Officer shall maintain a register of Canadians who are qualified as electors, to be known as the Register of Electors.

  • Marginal note:Contents of Register

    (2) The Register of Electors shall contain, for each elector who is included in it, his or her surname, given names, sex, date of birth, civic address, mailing address and any other information that is provided under subsections 49(2), 194(7), 195(7), 223(2), 233(2) and 251(3).

  • Marginal note:Identifier

    (2.1) The Register of Electors must also contain, for each elector, a unique, randomly generated identifier that is assigned by the Chief Electoral Officer.

  • Marginal note:Inclusion optional

    (3) Inclusion in the Register of Electors is at the option of the elector.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 44;
  • 2001, c. 21, s. 4;
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 4.
Marginal note:Members and registered parties
  •  (1) By November 15 in each year, the Chief Electoral Officer shall send to the member for each electoral district and, on request, to each registered party that endorsed a candidate in the electoral district in the last election, a copy in electronic form — taken from the Register of Electors — of the lists of electors for the electoral district.

  • Marginal note:Contents of lists of electors

    (2) The lists of electors shall set out each elector’s surname, given names, civic address and mailing address, and the identifier that is assigned to the elector by the Chief Electoral Officer and shall be arranged in the form established by the Chief Electoral Officer according to the civic addresses of the electors or, if that is not appropriate, in alphabetical order by their surnames.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3) This section does not apply if November 15 falls during an election period or if the vote at a general election was held during the six months before that date.

  • Marginal note:Merger of parties

    (4) For the purpose of subsection (1), a registered party that is the result of a merger of two or more registered parties is deemed to have endorsed a candidate in the last election if one of the merging parties so endorsed a candidate.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 45;
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 5.

Updating the Register

Marginal note:Sources of information
  •  (1) The Register of Electors shall be updated from

    • (a) information

      • (i) that electors have given the Chief Electoral Officer, or

      • (ii) that is held by a federal department or body and that electors have expressly authorized to be given to the Chief Electoral Officer; and

    • (b) information that the Chief Electoral Officer considers reliable and necessary for updating the surname, given names, sex, date of birth, civic address and mailing address of electors included in the Register of Electors and that

      • (i) is held under an Act of the legislature of a province mentioned in Schedule 2, or

      • (ii) comes from any other source mentioned in Schedule 2.

  • Marginal note:Retention of certain information

    (1.1) The Chief Electoral Officer may retain information collected under paragraph (1)(b), but not included in the Register of Electors, for the purpose of correlating information subsequently collected with information already contained in the Register of Electors.

  • Marginal note:Amendments to Schedule 2

    (2) The Chief Electoral Officer may at any time amend Schedule 2 by adding, changing or deleting the name of an Act of the legislature of a province or of any other source of information, but no such amendment comes into force until notice of it is published in the Canada Gazette.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 46;
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 6.