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Canada Elections Act

Version of section 500 from 2014-12-19 to 2018-12-20:


Marginal note:Punishment — strict liability offences

  •  (1) Every person who is guilty of an offence under any of subsections 484(1), 486(1), 489(1), 491(1), 492(1), 495(1), 495.1(1), 495.2(1), 496(1), 497(1), 497.1(1), 497.2(1), 497.3(1), 497.4(1), 497.5(1) and 499(1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than three months, or to both.

  • Marginal note:Punishment — offences requiring intent (summary conviction)

    (2) Every person who is guilty of an offence under any of subsections 484(2) and 486(2), paragraph 487(1)(a), subsections 488(1), 489(2) and 491(2), section 493 and subsections 495(2) and (3), 497.1(2) and 497.2(2) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both.

  • Marginal note:Punishment — offences requiring intent (summary conviction)

    (3) Every person who is guilty of an offence under subsection 485(1) or paragraph 487(1)(b) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or to both.

  • (3.1) [Repealed, 2014, c. 12, s. 100]

  • Marginal note:Punishment — offences requiring intent (summary conviction — fine only)

    (4) Every person who is guilty of an offence under subsection 495(4) is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than $50,000.

  • Marginal note:Punishment — offences requiring intent (dual procedure)

    (5) Every person who is guilty of an offence under any of subsections 480(1) and (2), sections 480.1 to 483, subsections 484(3), 485(2) and 486(3), section 487, subsections 488(2) and 489(3), section 490, subsections 491(3) and 492(2), section 494, subsections 495(5), 495.1(2), 495.2(2), 496(2), 497(2), 497.1(3), 497.2(3), 497.3(2), 497.4(2) and 497.5(2), section 498 and subsection 499(2) is liable

    • (a) on summary conviction, to a fine of not more than $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or to both; or

    • (b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine of not more than $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years, or to both.

  • Marginal note:Additional punishment — third parties

    (6) Every third party that is guilty of an offence under paragraph 496(1)(a) or (2)(a) is, in addition to the punishment provided under subsection (1) or (5), liable to a fine of up to five times the amount by which the third party exceeded the election advertising expense limit in question.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 500
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 39.1
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 100
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