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

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Act current to 2019-04-25 and last amended on 2019-04-01. Previous Versions

PART 21General

Reports of Chief Electoral Officer

Marginal note:Polling division reports

 The Chief Electoral Officer shall, in the case of a general election, without delay, and, in the case of a by-election, within 90 days after the return of the writ, publish, in the manner and form that he or she considers appropriate, a report that sets out

  • (a) by polling division, the number of votes cast for each candidate, the number of rejected ballots and the number of names on the final list of electors;

  • (a.1) by polling division, the number of additions of names and the number of corrections of information that were made to, and the number of deletions of names that were made from, the official list of electors on polling day;

  • (a.2) the conclusions of the report made by the auditor engaged under section 164.1 for that general election or by-election; and

  • (b) any other information that the Chief Electoral Officer considers relevant.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 533
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 112

Marginal note:Report to Speaker on general election

  •  (1) In the case of a general election, the Chief Electoral Officer shall, within 90 days after the date provided for in paragraph 57(2)(c), make a report to the Speaker of the House of Commons that sets out

    • (a) any matter or event that has arisen or occurred in connection with the administration of the Chief Electoral Officer’s office since the last report and that he or she considers should be brought to the attention of the House of Commons;

    • (b) any measures to adapt any provision of this Act that have been taken under section 17 or 179 since the issue of the writs that he or she considers should be brought to the attention of the House of Commons; and

    • (c) any measures that he or she has taken to improve the accuracy of the lists of electors since the last report and any such measures that he or she proposes to take.

  • Marginal note:Report to Speaker on by-elections

    (2) If there are one or more by-elections in a year, the Chief Electoral Officer shall, within 90 days after the end of the year, make a report to the Speaker of the House of Commons that sets out

    • (a) any matter or event that has arisen or occurred in connection with the administration of the Chief Electoral Officer’s office since the last report under this section and that he or she considers should be brought to the attention of the House of Commons;

    • (b) any measures to adapt any provision of this Act that have been taken under section 17 or 179 in relation to each of the by-elections and that he or she considers should be brought to the attention of the House of Commons; and

    • (c) any measures that he or she has taken to improve the accuracy of the lists of electors in relation to each of the by-elections and any such measures that he or she proposes to take.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 534
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 113

Marginal note:Report on proposed legislative amendments

 The Chief Electoral Officer shall, as soon as possible after a general election, make a report to the Speaker of the House of Commons that sets out any amendments that, in his or her opinion, are desirable for the better administration of this Act, and that also sets out, separately, any amendments that are set out in the Commissioner’s report under section 537.2.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 535
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 366

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 114]

Marginal note:Report on returning officer qualifications

 Whenever the Chief Electoral Officer, pursuant to subsection 24(1.1), prescribes the qualifications for the appointment of persons as returning officers or establishes a process for their appointment or a procedure for their removal — or modifies those qualifications, that process or that procedure in a significant manner — the Chief Electoral Officer shall report accordingly to the Speaker of the House of Commons without delay.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 177

Marginal note:Report on alternatives to signature

 Without delay after exercising his or her authority under section 18.3, the Chief Electoral Officer shall report to the Speaker of the House of Commons as to the manner in which a requirement under a provision of this Act for a signature may be satisfied.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 115

Marginal note:Submission of report to House of Commons

 The Speaker of the House of Commons shall submit a report received by him or her from the Chief Electoral Officer under section 534, 535, 535.2 or 535.3 to the House of Commons without delay.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 536
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 177
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 116

Marginal note:Political financing

 After the submission to the House of Commons of a report under section 535 in relation to the first general election following the coming into force of this section, any committee of that House to which the report is referred shall, in addition to considering the report, consider the effects of the provisions of this Act concerning political financing that came into force on the same day as this section.

  • 2003, c. 19, s. 63.1

Marginal note:Complaints

  •  (1) Every candidate, official agent of a candidate or leader or chief agent of a registered party or eligible party may send to the Chief Electoral Officer a statement in writing that contains any complaint with respect to the conduct of the election or of an election officer or any suggestion as to changes or improvements in the law that the person wishes to make.

  • Marginal note:Inclusion in a report

    (2) If the Chief Electoral Officer considers it appropriate, the Chief Electoral Officer may include in a report referred to in section 534 or 535 any document or a part or a summary of one that relates to a complaint or suggestion received under subsection (1).

Report of Commissioner

Marginal note:Annual report

 The Commissioner shall, as soon as possible after the end of each year, publish, in the manner and form that he or she considers appropriate, a report on the activities of his or her office during that year. The Commissioner shall not include the details of any investigation.

  • 2018, c. 31, s. 367

Marginal note:Report on proposed legislative amendments

 The Commissioner shall, as soon as possible after a general election, make a report to the Chief Electoral Officer that sets out any amendments that, in the Commissioner’s opinion, are desirable for better compliance with, and the better enforcement of, this Act.

  • 2018, c. 31, s. 367

Polling Divisions

Marginal note:Minimum of 250 electors

  •  (1) Each polling division shall contain at least 250 electors unless the Chief Electoral Officer agrees otherwise.

  • Marginal note:Boundaries of polling divisions

    (2) Subject to subsection (3), the polling divisions of an electoral district in a general election remain the same as at the immediately preceding general election.

  • Marginal note:Revision

    (3) The Chief Electoral Officer may instruct a returning officer to revise the boundaries of any polling division in the returning officer’s electoral district, and may fix the date by which the revision shall be completed.

  • Marginal note:Factors

    (4) The returning officer shall revise the polling divisions in accordance with the instructions of the Chief Electoral Officer, taking into account the polling divisions established by municipal and provincial authorities and the accessibility by electors to the polling stations established in them.

  • Marginal note:Institutions

    (5) A returning officer may, with the approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, constitute polling divisions that consist of two or more institutions where seniors or persons with a disability reside.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 538
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 368(E)

Amendments to Schedule 3

Marginal note:Amendments to list of electoral districts

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), the Chief Electoral Officer may amend the list of electoral districts set out in Schedule 3 by

    • (a) adding to it, where the Chief Electoral Officer is of the opinion that the exigencies of restricted communication or transportation facilities require the addition for the better operation of this Act, the name of any electoral district that

      • (i) is described in a representation order declared under the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act to be in force, and

      • (ii) coincides with or includes the whole or a part of an electoral district that was set out in Schedule 3 as it read on July 15, 1971; or

    • (b) deleting from it the name of any electoral district referred to in subparagraph (a)(ii) that is not described in a representation order referred to in subparagraph (a)(i).

  • Marginal note:Time

    (2) No amendment to the list of electoral districts set out in Schedule 3 may be made later than seven days after the day on which a representation order comes into force and no such amendment becomes effective until notice of it has been published in the Canada Gazette.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 539
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 369
 
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