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

Act current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2014-06-19. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Powers and duties of Chief Electoral Officer

 The Chief Electoral Officer shall

  • (a) exercise general direction and supervision over the conduct of elections;

  • (b) ensure that all election officers act with fairness and impartiality and in compliance with this Act;

  • (c) issue to election officers the instructions that the Chief Electoral Officer considers necessary for the administration of this Act; and

  • (d) exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions that are necessary for the administration of this Act.

Marginal note:Power to adapt Act
  •  (1) During an election period or within 30 days after it, if an emergency, an unusual or unforeseen circumstance or an error makes it necessary, the Chief Electoral Officer may, for the sole purpose of enabling electors to exercise their right to vote or enabling the counting of votes, adapt any provision of this Act and, in particular, may extend the time for doing any act, subject to subsection (2), or may increase the number of election officers or polling stations.

  • Marginal note:Limitation — power to adapt

    (2) The Chief Electoral Officer shall not extend the voting hours at an advance polling station or, subject to subsection (3), the voting hours on polling day.

  • Marginal note:Emergency — extending voting hours

    (3) If voting at a polling station is interrupted on polling day by an emergency and the Chief Electoral Officer is satisfied that, if the voting hours at the polling station are not extended, a substantial number of electors will not be able to vote, the Chief Electoral Officer shall extend the voting hours at the polling station for the period the Chief Electoral Officer considers necessary to give those electors a reasonable opportunity to vote, as long as the polling station does not in any case

    • (a) close later than midnight on polling day; or

    • (b) remain open during polling day for a total of more than 12 hours.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 17;
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 2;
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 6.
Marginal note:Public education and information programs
  •  (1) The Chief Electoral Officer may implement public education and information programs to make the electoral process better known to the public, particularly to those persons and groups most likely to experience difficulties in exercising their democratic rights.

  • Marginal note:Communication with the public

    (2) The Chief Electoral Officer may, using any media or other means that he or she considers appropriate, provide the public, both inside and outside Canada, with information relating to Canada’s electoral process, the democratic right to vote and how to be a candidate.

  • Marginal note:Information outside Canada

    (3) The Chief Electoral Officer may establish programs to disseminate information outside Canada concerning how to vote under Part 11.