Canada Elections Act

Version of section 319 from 2003-01-01 to 2014-12-18:

Marginal note:Definitions

 The definitions in this section apply in this Part.

election advertising

publicité électorale

election advertising means the transmission to the public by any means during an election period of an advertising message that promotes or opposes a registered party or the election of a candidate, including one that takes a position on an issue with which a registered party or candidate is associated. For greater certainty, it does not include

  • (a) the transmission to the public of an editorial, a debate, a speech, an interview, a column, a letter, a commentary or news;

  • (b) the distribution of a book, or the promotion of the sale of a book, for no less than its commercial value, if the book was planned to be made available to the public regardless of whether there was to be an election;

  • (c) the transmission of a document directly by a person or a group to their members, employees or shareholders, as the case may be; or

  • (d) the transmission by an individual, on a non-commercial basis on what is commonly known as the Internet, of his or her personal political views. (publicité électorale)

election survey

sondage électoral

election survey means an opinion survey of how electors voted or will vote at an election or respecting an issue with which a registered party or candidate is associated. (sondage électoral)



network means a network as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Broadcasting Act, but does not include a temporary network operation as defined in that subsection. (réseau)

network operator

exploitant de réseau

network operator means a person or undertaking to which permission has been granted by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to form and operate a network. (exploitant de réseau)

prime time

heures de grande écoute

prime time, in the case of a radio station, means the time between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and, in the case of a television station, means the hours between 6 p.m. and midnight. (heures de grande écoute)

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