Canada Elections Act

Version of section 66 from 2014-12-19 to 2019-01-18:


Marginal note:Manner of nomination

  •  (1) A nomination paper shall be in the prescribed form and include

    • (a) a statement under oath by the prospective candidate of

      • (i) his or her name, address and occupation,

      • (ii) the address designated by the prospective candidate for service of documents under this Act,

      • (iii) the name and address of the prospective candidate’s official agent,

      • (iv) the name, address and occupation of the prospective candidate’s auditor appointed under subsection 477.1(2), and

      • (v) the name of the political party that has endorsed the prospective candidate or, if none, the prospective candidate’s choice to either have the word “independent” or no designation of political affiliation under his or her name in election documents;

    • (b) a statement by the prospective candidate, consenting to the nomination, signed and sworn in the presence of a witness who is an elector but is not the person who administers the oath;

    • (c) the signature of the witness referred to in paragraph (b);

    • (d) a statement signed by the official agent consenting to act in that capacity;

    • (e) for any electoral district except one listed in Schedule 3, the names, addresses and signatures, made in the presence of a witness, of at least 100 electors resident in the electoral district;

    • (f) for an electoral district listed in Schedule 3, the names, addresses and signatures, made in the presence of a witness, of at least 50 electors resident in the electoral district; and

    • (g) the name, address and signature of the witness to each signature made under paragraph (e) or (f).

  • Marginal note:Particulars of candidates

    (2) For the purpose of subparagraph (1)(a)(i),

    • (a) the name shall not include any title, degree or other prefix or suffix;

    • (b) one or more of the given names may be replaced by a nickname by which the prospective candidate is publicly known, other than a nickname that could be confused with the name of a political party, and the nickname may be accompanied by the initial or initials of their given name;

    • (c) a normal abbreviation of one or more of the given names may be substituted for the given name or names; and

    • (d) the occupation shall be stated briefly and shall correspond to the occupation by which the prospective candidate is known in his or her place of ordinary residence.

  • Marginal note:Public knowledge of nickname

    (3) A prospective candidate who uses a nickname described in paragraph (2)(b) in his or her nomination paper shall, if the returning officer requests it, provide the returning officer with documents that are determined by the Chief Electoral Officer to be evidence of the common public knowledge of the nickname.

  • Marginal note:Notification and determination

    (4) If the returning officer is of the opinion that a nickname referred to in paragraph (2)(b) could be confused with the name of a political party, he or she shall notify the Chief Electoral Officer, who shall determine whether the nickname may be used as provided in that paragraph.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 66;
  • 2001, c. 21, s. 7;
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 26.
Date modified: