Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

Act current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2016-01-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Method of disposal of surplus

 A candidate’s official agent shall dispose of surplus electoral funds by transferring them

  • (a) in the case of a candidate who was endorsed by a registered party, to that party or to the registered association of that party in the candidate’s electoral district; or

  • (b) in any other case, to the Receiver General.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Notice of disposal of surplus
  •  (1) A candidate’s official agent shall, within seven days after disposing of a candidate’s surplus electoral funds, give the Chief Electoral Officer a notice in the prescribed form of the amount and date of the disposal and to whom the surplus was transferred.

  • Marginal note:Publication

    (2) As soon as feasible after the disposal of a candidate’s surplus electoral funds, the Chief Electoral Officer shall publish the notice in any manner that he or she considers appropriate.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Requisition for repayment
  •  (1) An official agent who has disposed of a candidate’s surplus electoral funds under paragraph 477.82(b) and must subsequently pay an electoral campaign expense of the candidate may apply to the Chief Electoral Officer for repayment in an amount that is not more than the lesser of the amount of the subsequent payment and the amount of the surplus electoral funds.

  • Marginal note:Repayment

    (2) On receipt of a request for payment from the Chief Electoral Officer in relation to an application, the Receiver General shall pay the amount specified in the application to the official agent out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Prohibition — transfer of contributions

 No registered agent of a registered party, no financial agent of a registered association and no financial agent of a nomination contestant shall transfer funds to a candidate after polling day except to pay claims related to the candidate’s electoral campaign.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.

Supply and Use of Forms

Marginal note:Prescribed forms — Income Tax Act

 A candidate and their official agent shall use the prescribed forms for official receipts to contributors for the purpose of subsection 127(3) of the Income Tax Act.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Provision of forms to returning officers

 The Chief Electoral Officer shall provide each returning officer with copies of prescribed forms.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Provision of forms to candidates
  •  (1) A returning officer shall provide each candidate in their electoral district with a reasonable number of copies of each prescribed form requested by the candidate or by their official agent.

  • Marginal note:Return of unused forms

    (2) A candidate and their official agent shall return any unused forms referred to in section 477.86 within a month after polling day.

  • Marginal note:Designated forms

    (3) The Chief Electoral Officer may, from among forms that are to be provided under subsection (1), designate those that may be provided only to the official agent of a candidate whose nomination has been confirmed under subsection 71(1).

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.

SUBDIVISION CGifts and Other Advantages

Definition of candidate

 For the purposes of sections 477.9 to 477.95, a candidate is deemed to have become a candidate on the earlier of

  • (a) the day on which they are selected at a nomination contest, and

  • (b) the day on which the writ is issued for the election.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Prohibition
  •  (1) No candidate shall accept any gift or other advantage that might reasonably be seen to have been given to influence them in the performance of their duties and functions as a member of the House of Commons if the candidate were to be elected, during the period that

    • (a) begins on the day on which they are deemed to have become a candidate; and

    • (b) ends on

      • (i) the day on which they withdraw, if they withdraw in accordance with subsection 74(1),

      • (ii) the day on which they become a member of the House of Commons, if they are elected, or

      • (iii) polling day, in any other case.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) Despite subsection (1), a candidate may accept a gift or other advantage that is given by a relative or as a normal expression of courtesy or protocol.

  • Marginal note:Statement of candidate

    (3) The candidate shall provide the Chief Electoral Officer with a statement in the prescribed form that discloses, in respect of all gifts or other advantages that the candidate accepted during the period referred to in subsection (1) whose benefit to the candidate exceeds $500 or, if accepted from the same person or entity in that period, exceeds a total of $500, other than gifts or other advantages given by relatives or made by way of an unconditional, non-discretionary testamentary disposition,

    • (a) the nature of each gift or other advantage, its commercial value and the cost, if any, to the candidate;

    • (b) the name and address of the person or entity giving the gift or other advantage; and

    • (c) the circumstances under which the gift or other advantage was given.

  • Marginal note:Clarification

    (4) For the purposes of subsection (3), the benefit to a candidate of a gift or other advantage that is a service or property, or the use of property or money, is the difference between the commercial value of the service or property or the use of the property or money and the cost, if any, to the candidate.

  • Marginal note:Period for providing statement

    (5) The candidate shall provide the statement to the Chief Electoral Officer within four months after

    • (a) polling day; or

    • (b) the day on which a notice of the withdrawal or deemed withdrawal of the writ for the election is published in the Canada Gazette under subsection 59(2) or section 551.

  • Marginal note:Definitions

    (6) The following definitions apply in this section.

    common-law partnership

    union de fait

    common-law partnership means the relationship between two persons who are cohabiting in a conjugal relationship, having so cohabited for a period of at least one year. (union de fait)

    gift or other advantage

    cadeau ou autre avantage

    gift or other advantage means

    • (a) an amount of money if there is no obligation to repay it; and

    • (b) a service or property, or the use of property or money, that is provided without charge or at less than its commercial value.

    It does not include a contribution made by an eligible individual under Division 1 of this Part to the official agent of a candidate that does not exceed the limits set out in that Division, or a provision of goods or services or a transfer of funds under section 364. (cadeau ou autre avantage)

    relative

    parent

    relative, in respect of a candidate, means a person related to the candidate by marriage, common-law partnership, birth, adoption or affinity. (parent)

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
Marginal note:Extensions — Chief Electoral Officer
  •  (1) The Chief Electoral Officer, on the written application of a candidate, shall authorize the extension of the period referred to in subsection 477.9(5), unless he or she is satisfied that the candidate’s failure to make the statement was deliberate or was the result of the candidate’s failure to exercise due diligence.

  • Marginal note:Deadline

    (2) The application may be made within the period referred to in subsection 477.9(5) or within two weeks after the end of that period.

  • 2014, c. 12, s. 86.
 
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