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Info Source – Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information





Introduction to Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, commonly known as Elections Canada, is an independent, non–partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament. A description of the agency's role and structure can be found on its website.

The following Acts of Parliament govern the operations of Elections Canada:

Prior to the creation of the Dominion Elections Act in 1920, Canadian elections functioned in a decentralized manner. Administration of federal elections was uneven from province to province, with voter eligibility determined by provincial laws. The Act established uniform eligibility requirements as well as the post of Chief Electoral Officer, beginning the tradition of independent, non-partisan agencies administering the electoral process in Canada the first such agency in the world. More information on the history of the vote in Canada can be found on the Elections Canada website.

Responsibilities

Elections Canada carries out its responsibilities in accordance with its mission, mandate and values. In fulfilling its mandate, Elections Canada also has the responsibility to: