Who can I contact if I need assistance with the Political Entities Service Centre?
How do I update my contact information?
You can update your contact information on the My Account page (accessible via the drop-down menu beneath your name in the top right corner of the screen).
Can I change my passphrase or security questions?
You can change your passphrase or security questions on the My Account page.
Why do I no longer need a $1,000 deposit to become a candidate?
Following a 2017 Alberta court decision, prospective candidates will no longer have to pay a $1,000 deposit when filing their nomination paper.
Elections Canada is applying this change across the country in order to maintain consistent federal election rules.
How do I withdraw a nomination after becoming a confirmed candidate?
A confirmed candidate can withdraw their nomination at any time before 5:00 p.m. local time on the closing day for nominations (the 21st day before polling day). The candidate must personally file a written statement with the returning officer that they are withdrawing. The statement must be signed by the candidate and witnessed by two electors who are entitled to vote in the electoral district in which the candidates' nomination was confirmed. (CEA s. 74opens a new window)
Does the name of the official agent have to appear on advertising?
No. The Act requires that an election advertising message include the mention that its transmission was authorized by the official agent of [name of the candidate], but it does not require that the actual name of the official agent be mentioned. (CEA s. 320opens a new window)
Does all election advertising have to be authorized by the official agent?
Yes. A candidate or registered party, or a person acting on their behalf, who causes election advertising to be conducted shall mention in or on the message that its transmission was authorized by the official agent of the candidate or by the registered agent of the party, as the case may be. (CEA s. 320opens a new window)
What are the rules about election signs?
Signs on private property: apartments and condominiums
Property owners and condominium corporations do not have the right to prevent tenants from putting up election signs on the premises they lease or own in a condo or apartment building.
However, property owners and condominium corporations do have the right to set reasonable conditions on the size and type of sign, and to prohibit signs in common areas, whether indoors or outdoors. (CEA s. 322opens a new window)
Signs placed without your permission
The CEA does not affect the right of private residential property owners to control which people enter their property, or which things are placed on it. If a sign has been placed on private residential property without permission, the CEA does not prevent a property owner from removing it.
If you are not sure whether the sign is on private or public property, check with the municipality or other government agency.
Signs on public property
The CEA states that no one may interfere with the transmission of election advertising, such as an election sign. (CEA, s. 325opens a new window)
- Government agencies may remove signs that do not respect provincial or municipal laws, after informing the person who authorized the posting of the sign that they plan to remove it.
- If the sign is a safety hazard, government agencies may remove it without informing the person who authorized the posting of the sign.
Signs that are destroyed, removed or stolen
Elections Canada has no jurisdiction to deal with signs that are destroyed, removed or stolen. The candidates may do the following:
- Notify local police, as destruction of private property is a criminal offence; and/or
- Send a complaint in writing to the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections.
Is candidate signage allowed at a polling place?
No person, candidate or political party shall post or display election advertising in, or on the exterior surface of, a polling place. (CEA s. 166(1)(a)opens a new window)
Who is responsible for removing campaign signs after an event?
The candidate is responsible. Removal of campaign signs is governed by regional and/or municipal by-laws and not by Elections Canada.
How do I make a complaint about election signs?
The CEA regulates election advertising, including the use of election signs, only during a federal election period.
To make a complaint or allegation of wrongdoing about election signs displayed during a federal election, please write to the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections.
What can candidates' representatives do and not do at polling stations?
Can a candidates' representative request that an elector take an Oath of Residence?
Yes. A deputy returning officer, poll clerk, candidate or candidates' representative who has reasonable doubts concerning the residence of an elector whose pieces of identification do not prove the elector’s residence but are consistent with the information on the list of electors may request that the elector take the prescribed oath, in which case the residence is deemed to have been proven only if the elector takes that oath. (CEA s. 143(3.2)opens a new window)
Are candidates' representatives allowed to examine the list of electors?
Can candidates' representatives handle an elector’s proof of identification?
No. Candidates' representatives can request to examine, but not handle, an elector’s identification when the deputy returning officer is verifying proof of identity and residence. Electors may vote even if they refuse to allow the representative to examine their identification. Election officers will keep a record of such situations in the Events Log (see Guidelines for Candidates' Candidates’ Representatives(EC 20045)opens a new window).
What colours can the candidates' representatives wear?