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Canada Elections Act

Version of section 497 from 2019-06-13 to 2022-07-25:


Marginal note:Strict liability offences — summary conviction

  •  (1) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) being a person or entity, contravenes subsection 363(1) (making contribution while ineligible);

    • (b) being the chief agent of a registered party, the financial agent of a registered association, the official agent of a candidate or the financial agent of a nomination contestant or leadership contestant, contravenes subsection 363(2) (failure to return or pay amount of ineligible contribution);

    • (b.1) being a person or entity, contravenes subsection 364(9) (paying convention fees while ineligible);

    • (c) being a registered party or an electoral district association of one, contravenes subsection 365(1) (making prohibited transfer);

    • (d) being a person who is authorized to accept contributions on behalf of a registered party, a registered association, a nomination contestant, a candidate or a leadership contestant, contravenes section 366 (failure to issue receipt);

    • (e) being a person or entity, contravenes subsection 368(1) (circumventing contribution limit);

    • (f) being a person or entity, contravenes subsection 368(2) (concealing source of contribution);

    • (g) being an individual, contravenes section 370 (making indirect contributions);

    • (h) being a person authorized under this Act to accept contributions, contravenes section 372 (failure to return or pay amount of contribution);

    • (i) being a person or entity, contravenes subsection 373(1) or (2) (making a loan, guaranteeing a loan or borrowing money);

    • (j) being an individual, contravenes section 374 (making indirect loans);

    • (k) contravenes subsection 380(1) or (2) (failure to document payment); or

    • (l) being a person authorized to pay petty expenses, contravenes subsection 381(3) (failure to provide documentation of petty expenses) or 381(4) (paying more than the maximum amount of petty expenses).

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — dual procedure

    (2) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) being a person or entity, knowingly contravenes subsection 363(1) (making contribution while ineligible);

    • (b) being a registered party or an electoral district association of one, knowingly contravenes subsection 365(1) (making prohibited transfer);

    • (c) being a person who is authorized to accept contributions on behalf of a registered party, a registered association, a nomination contestant, a candidate or a leadership contestant, knowingly contravenes section 366 (failure to issue receipt);

    • (d) being an individual, knowingly contravenes subsection 367(1) or (6) (exceeding contribution limit);

    • (e) being a person or entity, knowingly contravenes subsection 368(1) (circumventing contribution limit);

    • (f) being a person or entity, knowingly contravenes subsection 368(2) (concealing source of contribution);

    • (g) being a person entitled to accept contributions under this Act, knowingly contravenes subsection 368(3) (accepting excessive contribution);

    • (h) being a person or entity, knowingly contravenes subsection 368(4) (entering prohibited agreement);

    • (i) being a person or entity, contravenes subsection 369(1) (soliciting or accepting contribution);

    • (j) being a person or entity, contravenes subsection 369(2) (collusion);

    • (k) being an individual, knowingly contravenes section 370 (making indirect contributions);

    • (l) being an individual, knowingly contravenes section 371 (exceeding cash contribution limit);

    • (m) being a person authorized under this Act to accept contributions, knowingly contravenes section 372 (failure to return or pay amount of contribution);

    • (n) being a person or entity, knowingly contravenes subsection 373(1) or (2) (making a loan, guaranteeing a loan or borrowing money); or

    • (o) being an individual, knowingly contravenes section 374 (making indirect loans).

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 497
  • 2003, c. 19, s. 58
  • 2004, c. 24, s. 21
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 57
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 39
  • 2014, c. 12, ss. 98, 99
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 339
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