Service Standards for the Nomination Process
Elections Canada strives to give candidates and their representatives the best possible service as they go through the nomination process. When a candidate is ready to file their nomination paper, here are the steps and service standards that apply:
- The person who witnessed the candidate's consent makes an appointment with the returning officer to file the nomination paper. The candidate may or may not be present.
- The returning officer does a preliminary verification with the witness in the office.
- The returning officer has 48 hours to accept or reject the nomination. If the nomination is rejected, a new nomination paper may be presented up until the time that nominations close.
- When the returning officer confirms a nomination, they provide the notice of confirmation to both the candidate and Elections Canada.
- Within 48 hours of receiving the notice, Elections Canada posts the name of the confirmed candidate on its website.
- As soon as a candidate is confirmed, the returning officer gives them a variety of materials, including a copy of the following:
- the Canada Elections Act
- a multimedia kit containing a USB key with political financing information and tools (used to generate electronic financial returns and official receipts), an instruction sheet and pamphlets
- the preliminary lists of electors for the electoral district
- polling division maps
- Lastly, the returning officer invites all confirmed candidates and their representatives to a meeting to review numerous topics: special voting rules, targeted revision, lists of electors, voting options for incumbents, rules for displaying partisan material, validation of results, etc.