Canada Elections Act

Part 4

Register of Electors

Maintenance and Communication of Register

Register of Electors

44. (1) The Chief Electoral Officer shall maintain a register of Canadians who are qualified as electors, to be known as the Register of Electors.

Contents of Register

(2) The Register of Electors shall contain, for each elector who is included in it, his or her surname, given names, sex, date of birth, civic address, mailing address and any other information that is provided under subsections 49(2), 194(7), 195(7), 223(2), 233(2) and 251(3).

Identifier

(2.1) The Register of Electors must also contain, for each elector, a unique, randomly generated identifier that is assigned by the Chief Electoral Officer.

Inclusion optional

(3) Inclusion in the Register of Electors is at the option of the elector.

S.C. 2001, c. 21, s. 4; S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 4.

Members and registered parties

45. (1) By November 15 in each year, the Chief Electoral Officer shall send to the member for each electoral district and, on request, to each registered party that endorsed a candidate in the electoral district in the last election, a copy in electronic form — taken from the Register of Electors — of the lists of electors for the electoral district.

Contents of lists of electors

(2) The lists of electors shall set out each elector's surname, given names, civic address and mailing address, and the identifier that is assigned to the elector by the Chief Electoral Officer and shall be arranged in the form established by the Chief Electoral Officer according to the civic addresses of the electors or, if that is not appropriate, in alphabetical order by their surnames.

Exception

(3) This section does not apply if November 15 falls during an election period or if the vote at a general election was held during the six months before that date.

Merger of parties

(4) For the purpose of subsection (1), a registered party that is the result of a merger of two or more registered parties is deemed to have endorsed a candidate in the last election if one of the merging parties so endorsed a candidate.

S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 5.

Updating the Register

Sources of information

46. (1) The Register of Electors shall be updated from

Retention of certain information

(1.1) The Chief Electoral Officer may retain information collected under paragraph (1)(b), but not included in the Register of Electors, for the purpose of correlating information subsequently collected with information already contained in the Register of Electors.

Amendments to Schedule 2

(2) The Chief Electoral Officer may at any time amend Schedule 2 by adding, changing or deleting the name of an Act of the legislature of a province or of any other source of information, but no such amendment comes into force until notice of it is published in the Canada Gazette.

S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 6.

Citizenship information

46.1 For the purpose of assisting the Chief Electoral Officer in updating the Register of Electors, the Minister of National Revenue may, on a return of income referred to in subsection 150(1) of the Income Tax Act, request that an individual who is filing a return of income under paragraph 150(1)(d) of that Act indicate in the return whether he or she is a Canadian citizen.

S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 7.

Information in respect of deceased individuals

46.2 For the purpose of updating the Register of Electors, the Minister of National Revenue shall, at the request of the Chief Electoral Officer, provide the name, date of birth and address of any individual to whom paragraph 150(1)(b) of the Income Tax Act applies if that individual has, in his or her last return of income filed under paragraph 150(1)(d) of that Act, authorized that Minister to provide his or her name, date of birth and address to the Chief Electoral Officer for the Register of Electors.

S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 7.

Duty of returning officer

47. During the election period, each returning officer shall update the Register of Electors from the information that he or she obtains under this Act, other than information in relation to an elector with respect to whom an application has been granted under subsection 233(1.1).

Other duties

47.1 Between election periods, a returning officer shall perform any duties related to the updating of the Register of Electors that are requested by the Chief Electoral Officer.

S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 8.

New electors

48. (1) The Chief Electoral Officer shall, before including a new elector in the Register of Electors, send the elector the Chief Electoral Officer's information relating to him or her and ask if he or she wishes to be included in the Register of Electors.

Obligation of elector

(2) A new elector who wishes to be included in the Register of Electors shall confirm, correct or complete the information, in writing, and give it to the Chief Electoral Officer along with a signed certification that he or she is qualified as an elector under section 3.

Exceptions

(3) This section does not apply in respect of the inclusion of a new elector

Listing requests

49. (1) Any person may at any time request the Chief Electoral Officer to include him or her in the Register of Electors, by providing

Optional information

(2) In addition to the information referred to in subsection (1), the Chief Electoral Officer may invite the elector to give any other information that the Chief Electoral Officer considers necessary to implement any agreements entered into under section 55, but the elector is not required to do so.

Corrections

50. An elector may give the Chief Electoral Officer changes to the information in the Register of Electors relating to the elector, and the Chief Electoral Officer shall make the necessary corrections to the Register of Electors.

Verification

51. The Chief Electoral Officer may at any time

Deletion of names

52. (1) The Chief Electoral Officer shall delete from the Register of Electors the name of any person who

Deletion of name – discretionary

(2) The Chief Electoral Officer may delete from the Register of Electors the name of any person who fails to comply with a request referred to in paragraph 51(b) within the 60 days.

Restrictions

53. If an elector so requests the Chief Electoral Officer in writing, information in the Register of Electors relating to that elector shall be used only for federal electoral or referendum purposes.

Access to personal information

54. At the written request of an elector, the Chief Electoral Officer shall send the elector all the information in the Chief Electoral Officer's possession relating to him or her.

Agreements on Giving Information

Provincial bodies

55. (1) The Chief Electoral Officer may enter into an agreement with any body responsible under provincial law for establishing a list of electors, governing the giving of information contained in the Register of Electors, or the giving of information referred to in subsection 44(2) or (2.1) that the Chief Electoral Officer intends to include in the Register of Electors, if that information is needed for establishing such a list.

Conditions

(2) The Chief Electoral Officer shall include in the agreement conditions regarding the use and protection of personal information given under the agreement.

(3) [Repealed]

Valuable consideration

(4) An agreement mentioned in subsection (1) may require valuable consideration to be provided in exchange for the information given.

S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 9.

Prohibitions

Prohibitions

56. No person shall

S.C. 2007, c. 21, s. 10.





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