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Post-Event Regional Meetings

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Post-Event Regional Meetings

What Our Facilitators Heard – 42nd General Election

"From coast to coast, field administrators told us: Work with us to implement change."


From January 19 to February 20, 2016, Elections Canada managers and directors met with returning officers (ROs) and field liaison officers (FLOs) across Canada to gather their insight, feedback and solutions from their experiences from the 42nd general election. The workshops focused on several key topics including Engagement, Technology, and RO Support and Governance. With over 300 participants, 27 days on the road and 70 RO workbooks completed, our facilitators genuinely understand the priorities for field administrators, their staff and electors.

From coast to coast, Elections Canada listened to what our ROs had to say, empathized with their "on-the-ground" experiences and bridged the gap between the field and Elections Canada Headquarters (ECHQ). The response from ROs and Elections Canada participants was overwhelmingly positive. Most commented that the meetings confirmed our willingness to engage field administrators.

The following pages highlight the messages that we heard loud and clear from our ROs.

RO Governance and Support

"EC must rethink field administrator support functions."

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"Walk the talk!"

Additional Notes

Voting Operations Renewal – Electoral Services Modernization

"Let's work together to improve our tools."

Additional Notes

Human and Financial Resources

"Trust us! We are accountable! We are managers!"

Additional Notes

Election Officer Competency

"Simplify, Simplify, Simplify."

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Geography and Electoral Data

"Synchronization of ECHQ Geography tools and data, with collaboration of ROs."

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By-Election Pilot Projects

"Bring it on!"