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

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Act current to 2019-05-07 and last amended on 2019-04-01. Previous Versions

PART 21General (continued)

Oaths and Affidavits

Marginal note:Administration of oaths, etc.

  •  (1) When an oath or affidavit is authorized or directed to be taken under this Act, it shall be administered by the person who by this Act is expressly required to administer it and, if there is no such person, then by the Chief Electoral Officer or a person designated by him or her in writing, a judge, the returning officer, an assistant returning officer, a deputy returning officer, a poll clerk, a notary public, a provincial court judge, a justice of the peace or a commissioner for taking affidavits in the province.

  • Marginal note:No fees for oaths, etc.

    (2) All oaths or affidavits taken under this Act shall be administered free of charge.

  • Marginal note:Taking oath falsely

    (3) No person shall take falsely an oath that is provided for by this Act.

  • Marginal note:Compelling or inducing false oath

    (4) No person shall compel, induce or attempt to compel or induce any other person to take falsely an oath that is provided for by this Act.

Signed Pledges by Candidates Prohibited

Marginal note:Signed pledges by candidates prohibited

 No candidate shall sign a written document presented by way of demand or claim made on him or her by any person or association of persons, between the issue of the writ and polling day, if the document requires the candidate to follow a course of action that will prevent him or her from exercising freedom of action in Parliament, if elected, or to resign as a member if called on to do so by any person or association of persons.


Marginal note:Notice of withdrawal of writ

 If a writ is deemed to have been superseded and withdrawn under subsection 31(3) of the Parliament of Canada Act, the Chief Electoral Officer shall publish a notice in the Canada Gazette of the withdrawal of the writ and the cancellation of the election.


Marginal note:Tabling of forms

 Each form established for the purposes of paragraph 432(1)(a) or 437(1)(a) shall be laid before the House of Commons on any of the first 15 days that it is sitting after the form is made by the Chief Electoral Officer.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 552
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 122

Payments out of Consolidated Revenue Fund

Marginal note:Amounts to be paid out of C.R.F.

 The following shall be paid out of unappropriated moneys forming part of the Consolidated Revenue Fund:

  • (a) any amount payable under section 15;

  • (b) the remuneration paid to a person engaged or employed under section 20, any remuneration paid to staff referred to in section 19 for overtime work to enable the Chief Electoral Officer to exercise his or her powers and perform his or her duties and functions under this Act and any administration expenses that are incurred for that purpose;

  • (c) any expenses incurred by the Chief Electoral Officer to acquire information referred to in paragraph 46(1)(b);

  • (d) any fees, costs, allowances or expenses referred to in subsection 542(1) or (4);

  • (e) any expenses incurred by the Chief Electoral Officer for preparing and printing election material and for the purchase of election supplies.

  • (f) [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 123]

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 553
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 123
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 373


Marginal note:Application of amendments to subsequent election

  •  (1) No amendment to this Act applies in an election for which the writ is issued within six months after the passing of the amendment unless, before the issue of the writ, the Chief Electoral Officer has published a notice in the Canada Gazette that the necessary preparations for the bringing into operation of the amendment have been made and that the amendment may come into force accordingly.

  • Marginal note:Amendments

    (2) It is the duty of the Chief Electoral Officer immediately after the coming into force of an amendment to this Act to publish a consolidated version of this Act on the Chief Electoral Officer’s Internet site, to correct and reprint all forms and instructions affected by it and to publish a notice in the Canada Gazette as soon as the consolidated version has been so published and the forms and instructions have been so corrected and reprinted.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 554
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 124

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 125]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 125]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 125]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 125]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 125]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 125]

 [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 125]

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