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

Act current to 2014-12-15 and last amended on 2014-10-01. Previous Versions

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.

Marginal note:International cooperation

 The Chief Electoral Officer may, at the Governor in Council’s request, provide assistance and cooperation in electoral matters to electoral agencies in other countries or to international organizations.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 8.
Marginal note:Alternative voting process

 The Chief Electoral Officer may carry out studies on voting, including studies respecting alternative voting processes, and may devise and test an alternative voting process for future use in a general election or a by-election. Such a process may not be used for an official vote without the prior approval of the committees of the Senate and of the House of Commons that normally consider electoral matters or, in the case of an alternative electronic voting process, without the prior approval of the Senate and the House of Commons.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 18.1;
  • 2001, c. 21, s. 2;
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 8.
Marginal note:Power to enter into contracts, etc.
  •  (1) The Chief Electoral Officer may enter into contracts, memoranda of understanding or other arrangements in the name of Her Majesty in right of Canada or in the Chief Electoral Officer’s name.

  • Marginal note:Leases

    (2) The Chief Electoral Officer may authorize a returning officer to enter into a lease in the Chief Electoral Officer’s name, subject to any terms and conditions that the Chief Electoral Officer specifies.

  • Marginal note:Contracts, etc., binding on Her Majesty

    (3) Every contract, memorandum of understanding and arrangement entered into in the Chief Electoral Officer’s name is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada to the same extent as it is binding on the Chief Electoral Officer.

  • Marginal note:Goods and services

    (4) Despite section 9 of the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act, the Chief Electoral Officer may procure goods and services from outside the federal public administration.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 8.