Canada Elections Act

Version of section 538 from 2003-01-01 to 2019-01-18:


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 physical disability reside.

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