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

Act current to 2015-03-03 and last amended on 2015-01-01. Previous Versions

Offences under Part 1 (Electoral Rights)

Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — dual procedure

 Every person is guilty of an offence who contravenes

  • (a) paragraph 5(a) (voting when not qualified or entitled) or 5(b) (inducing a person not qualified or entitled to vote, to vote); or

  • (b) section 7 (voting more than once).

Offences under Part 3 (Election Officers)

Marginal note:Strict liability offences — summary conviction
  •  (1) Every former election officer who contravenes paragraph 43(c) (failure to return election documents and election materials) is guilty of an offence.

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — summary conviction

    (2) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) being a returning officer, wilfully contravenes subsection 24(3) (failure to take promptly any necessary election proceedings); or

    • (b) contravenes subsection 43.1(1) (refusal to give access to building or gated community).

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — dual procedure

    (3) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) contravenes subsection 22(6) (acting as election officer knowing requirements not met);

    • (b) knowingly contravenes subsection 23(2) (communication of information for unauthorized purpose);

    • (b.1) being a field liaison officer, contravenes subsection 23.2(8) (engaging in politically partisan conduct);

    • (c) being a returning officer, contravenes subsection 24(6) (engaging in politically partisan conduct);

    • (d) being a returning officer or assistant returning officer, wilfully contravenes section 31 (acting in another capacity);

    • (e) contravenes paragraph 43(a) (obstruction of election officer) or wilfully contravenes paragraph 43(b) (impersonation of revising agent); or

    • (f) being a former election officer, wilfully contravenes paragraph 43(c) (failure to return election documents and election materials).

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 484;
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 36;
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 90.

Offences under Part 4 (Register of Electors)

Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — summary conviction
  •  (1) Every person who contravenes paragraph 56(e) (unauthorized use of personal information recorded in Register of Electors) is guilty of an offence.

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — dual procedure

    (2) Every person who contravenes any of paragraphs 56(a) to (d) (forbidden acts re Register of Electors) is guilty of an offence.

Offences under Part 6 (Candidates)

  •  (1) [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 91]

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — summary conviction

    (2) Every person who contravenes subsection 81(1) (refusal to give access to building or gated community) or subsection 81.1(1) (refusal to give access to place open to the public) is guilty of an offence.

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — dual procedure

    (3) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) contravenes section 89 (signing of nomination paper when ineligible);

    • (b[Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 91]

    • (c) contravenes section 91 (making false statement re candidate); or

    • (d) contravenes section 92 (publication of false statement of withdrawal of candidate).

    • (e) to (g[Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 91]

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 486;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 56;
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 37;
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 91.