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Canada Elections Act

Version of section 489 from 2014-12-19 to 2019-06-12:


Marginal note:Strict liability offences — summary conviction

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

    • (a) being an employer, subsection 132(1) (failure to allow time to vote) or 133(1) (making deductions from employees’ wages for time given to vote);

    • (b) section 165 (prohibited use of loudspeaker); or

    • (c) paragraph 166(1)(b) (wearing of emblems, etc., in polling station).

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — summary conviction

    (2) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) contravenes subsection 143(5) (attesting to residence of more than one elector);

    • (a.1) contravenes subsection 143(6) (attesting to residence when own residence attested to);

    • (a.2) contravenes subsection 155(2) (assisting as a friend more than one elector);

    • (a.3) contravenes subsection 161(6) (attesting to residence of more than one elector);

    • (a.4) contravenes subsection 161(7) (attesting to residence when own residence attested to);

    • (b) being an elector, contravenes subsection 164(2) (failure to maintain secrecy);

    • (c) contravenes paragraph 166(1)(a) (display of campaign literature in polling place);

    • (d) contravenes subsection 169(5) (attesting to residence of more than one elector); or

    • (e) contravenes subsection 169(6) (attesting to residence when own residence attested to).

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — dual procedure

    (3) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) being an employer, contravenes section 134 (preventing employee from using voting time);

    • (b) being a friend or relative of an elector, wilfully contravenes subsection 155(4) (disclosing for whom elector voted);

    • (b.1) contravenes any of paragraphs 161(5.1)(a) to (d) (forbidden acts re polling day registration);

    • (c) being a candidate, an election officer or a representative of a candidate, contravenes subsection 164(1) (failure to maintain secrecy);

    • (d) contravenes paragraph 166(1)(c) (influencing vote in polling station);

    • (e) contravenes any of paragraphs 167(1)(a) to (d) (prohibited acts re ballots) or 167(2)(a) to (d) (prohibited acts re ballots or ballot box with intent to influence vote);

    • (f) being a deputy returning officer, contravenes paragraph 167(3)(a) (initialling ballot with intent to influence vote); or

    • (g) being a deputy returning officer, contravenes paragraph 167(3)(b) (placing identifying mark on ballot).

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 489
  • 2007, c. 21, s. 38
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 93
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