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Canada Elections Act

Version of section 497.1 from 2019-06-13 to 2022-09-22:


Marginal note:Strict liability offences — summary conviction

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

    • (a) being a registered party, contravenes section 392 (failure to provide statement of assets and liabilities or related documents);

    • (b) being a registered party, contravenes subsection 396(2) or, being a registered party or an eligible party, contravenes subsection 395(4), section 399, subsection 400(1) or (2) or section 401 (failure to comply with requirements re: officers, chief agent, registered agents or auditor);

    • (c) being a registered party, contravenes subsection 405(1) or (4) (failure to report changes to registered party information);

    • (d) being a registered party, contravenes section 407 (failure to confirm validity of information on party);

    • (e) being a chief agent of a deregistered political party, contravenes section 420 (failure to provide financial transactions return or election expenses return or related documents);

    • (f) being a chief agent of a merging registered party, contravenes section 424 (failure to provide financial transactions return or related documents);

    • (g) being a chief agent, contravenes section 428 (failure to pay recoverable claim within three years);

    • (g.1) being a chief agent, contravenes subsection 429.2(1) (exceeding partisan advertising expenses limit);

    • (g.2) being a registered party, contravenes subsection 429.2(2) (circumventing partisan advertising expenses limit);

    • (g.3) being a third party, contravenes subsection 429.2(3) (colluding to circumvent partisan advertising expenses limit);

    • (g.4) being a registered party or a person acting on behalf of a registered party, contravenes section 429.3 (failure to indicate authority for partisan advertising);

    • (h) being a chief agent, contravenes subsection 431(1) (exceeding election expenses limit);

    • (h.1) being a third party, contravenes subsection 431(2) (colluding to circumvent election expenses limit);

    • (i) being a chief agent, contravenes subsection 432(1), (2), (3) or (5) (failure to provide financial transactions return or related documents);

    • (j) being a chief agent, contravenes section 433 (failure to provide quarterly return);

    • (k) being a registered agent, contravenes section 434 (failure to pay excess contributions);

    • (l) being a chief agent, contravenes paragraph 436(b) (providing document that is substantially incomplete);

    • (m) being a chief agent, contravenes subsection 437(1), (2) or (3) (failure to provide election expenses return or related documents);

    • (n) being a chief agent, contravenes paragraph 439(b) (providing document that is substantially incomplete);

    • (o) being a chief agent, contravenes subsection 440(3) (failure to provide corrected or revised document within specified period);

    • (p) being a chief agent or the leader of a registered party, contravenes subsection 442(3) (failure to provide corrected or revised document within 30-day period or any extension of that period); or

    • (q) being the chief executive officer of a provincial division, contravenes subsection 446(5) (failure to report provincial division changes).

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — summary conviction

    (2) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) being a person or entity other than a registered agent or a person authorized under subsection 381(1), knowingly contravenes subsection 426(1) or (2) (paying or incurring registered party’s expenses);

    • (b) being a person or entity other than a registered agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 426(3) (accepting contributions or borrowing while ineligible); or

    • (c) being a person or entity other than a registered agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 426(4) (while ineligible, accepting provision of goods or services or transfer of funds or providing goods or services or transferring funds).

  • Marginal note:Offences requiring intent — dual procedure

    (3) Every person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) being a registered party, knowingly contravenes section 392 (failure to provide statement of assets and liabilities or related documents);

    • (b) knowingly contravenes subsection 403(1), (2) or (3) (ineligible person acting as officer, chief agent, registered agent or auditor);

    • (c) being an officer of a party, contravenes section 404 (officer knowing party not a political party);

    • (d) being a leader of a party, contravenes subsection 408(1), (3) or (4) (providing or certifying false or misleading information or making false or misleading declaration);

    • (e) being a registered party or an eligible party, contravenes subsection 408(2) (providing false or misleading information);

    • (f) contravenes subsection 408(5) (making false or misleading declaration);

    • (g) being a chief agent of a deregistered political party, knowingly contravenes section 420 (failure to provide transactions return or election expenses return or related documents);

    • (h) being a chief agent of a merging registered party, knowingly contravenes section 424 (failure to provide financial transactions returns or related documents);

    • (h.1) being a registered agent other than the chief agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 426(2.1) (failure to obtain written authorization to incur registered party’s expenses or incurring them contrary to authorization);

    • (h.2) being a chief agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 429.2(1) (exceeding partisan advertising expenses limit);

    • (h.3) being a registered party, knowingly contravenes subsection 429.2(2) (circumventing partisan advertising expenses limit);

    • (h.4) being a third party, knowingly contravenes subsection 429.2(3) (colluding to circumvent partisan advertising expenses limit);

    • (i) being a chief agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 431(1) (exceeding election expenses limit);

    • (j) being a registered party or a third party, knowingly contravenes subsection 431(2) (colluding to circumvent election expense limit);

    • (k) being a chief agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 432(1), (2), (3) or (5) (failure to provide financial transactions return or related documents);

    • (l) being a chief agent, knowingly contravenes section 433 (failure to provide quarterly return);

    • (m) being a registered agent, knowingly contravenes section 434 (failure to pay excess contributions);

    • (n) being a chief agent, contravenes paragraph 436(a) (providing document that contains false or misleading information);

    • (o) being a chief agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 437(1), (2) or (3) (failure to provide election expenses return or related documents);

    • (p) being a chief agent, contravenes paragraph 439(a) (providing document that contains false or misleading information);

    • (q) being a chief agent, knowingly contravenes subsection 440(3) (failure to provide corrected or revised document within specified period); or

    • (r) being a chief agent or the leader of a registered party, knowingly contravenes subsection 442(3) (failure to provide corrected or revised document within 30-day period or any extension of that period).

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 99
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 340
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