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

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Act current to 2020-11-17 and last amended on 2019-06-13. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Filing of nomination paper

  •  (1) A prospective candidate shall file the nomination paper with the returning officer in the electoral district in which the prospective candidate is seeking nomination at any time between the date of the issue of the Notice of Election and the close of nominations.

  • Marginal note:Proof of identity — prospective candidate

    (2) A prospective candidate who personally files his or her nomination paper shall provide the returning officer with the following proof of his or her identity:

    • (a) one piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of such a government, that contains a photograph of the prospective candidate and his or her name referred to in subparagraph 66(1)(a)(i); or

    • (b) two pieces of identification of a type authorized under subsection (3), each of which establishes that name.

  • Marginal note:Authorized types of identification

    (3) The Chief Electoral Officer may authorize types of identification for the purposes of subsections (2) and (8). For greater certainty, any document may be authorized, regardless of who issued it.

  • Marginal note:Name prospective candidate commonly known by — documents

    (4) If a prospective candidate wishes a name referred to in subparagraph 66(1)(a)(i.1) to appear on the ballot instead of the name referred to in subparagraph 66(1)(a)(i), he or she shall file with the returning officer documents of a type authorized under subsection (5) as proof that he or she is commonly known by that name.

  • Marginal note:Authorized types of documents

    (5) The Chief Electoral Officer may authorize types of documents for the purposes of subsection (4).

  • Marginal note:Auditor’s consent

    (6) If a prospective candidate has appointed an auditor, the prospective candidate shall file with the returning officer by the close of nominations a statement signed by the auditor consenting to act in that capacity.

  • Marginal note:Authorized person

    (7) A prospective candidate may authorize another person to carry out, on the prospective candidate’s behalf, any of the prospective candidate’s obligations under subsections (1), (4) and (6).

  • Marginal note:Proof of identity — authorized person

    (8) A person authorized under subsection (7) who files a nomination paper on behalf of a prospective candidate shall file on the prospective candidate’s behalf with the returning officer, together with the nomination paper, the following proof of the prospective candidate’s identity:

    • (a) a copy, signed by the prospective candidate, of one piece of identification issued by a Canadian government, whether federal, provincial or local, or an agency of such a government, that contains a photograph of the prospective candidate and his or her name referred to in subparagraph 66(1)(a)(i); or

    • (b) a copy, signed by the prospective candidate, of each of two pieces of identification of a type authorized under subsection (3), each of which establishes that name.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 67
  • 2001, c. 21, s. 8
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 27
  • 2015, c. 37, ss. 2, 6
  • 2018, c. 31, s. 54
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