Elections Canada

Elections Canada
Élections Canada
Agency overview
Formed 1920 (1920)
Jurisdiction Federal Elections in Canada
Headquarters 30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M6
Employees 500 (Permanent) up to 235,000 (election period)[1]
Annual budget $110,501,000 (2008 est. spending)[2]
Agency executive
Website www.elections.ca

Elections Canada (French: Élections Canada) is an independent, non-partisan agency reporting directly to the Parliament of Canada. Its ongoing responsibility is to ensure that Canadians can exercise their choices in federal elections and referendums through an open and impartial process. Elections Canada is the sole agency responsible for administering Canadian federal elections.


Its responsibilities include:

The House of Commons of Canada appoints the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada to head the agency. The Chief Electoral Officer in turn appoints the Commissioner of Canada Elections, who ensures that the Canada Elections Act is enforced; and the Broadcasting Arbitrator, who allocates paid and free broadcasting time during electoral events. The Chief Electoral Officer is seconded by the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer and Chief Legal Counsel and a staff of some 330 representing five executive directorates. During an election, staff at Elections Canada headquarters increases to 600 and to approximately 190,000 across Canada. Members of the general public are recruited to help run the election by manning polling stations, counting ballots, answering voters' questions, and providing other necessary services.

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