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2016–17 Departmental Results Report

Raison D'être, Mandate and Role: Who We Are and What We Do

Raison D'être

Ensuring that Canadians can exercise their democratic rights to vote and be a candidate.

Mandate and Role

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, commonly known as Elections Canada, is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament. Its mandate is to:


In fulfilling its mandate, Elections Canada also has the responsibility to:

For more general information about the agency, see the "Supplementary Information" section of this report.