Report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Following the May 13, 2013, By-election Held in Labrador and the November 25, 2013, By-elections Held in Bourassa, Brandon–Souris, Provencher and Toronto Centre
The 2013 by-elections held on May 13, 2013, in Labrador and on November 25, 2013, in Bourassa, Brandon–Souris, Provencher and Toronto Centre ran smoothly. Building on the success of the 41st general election and 2012 by-elections, Elections Canada carried over the same administrative improvements for the 2013 by-elections.
Looking forward, the agency will intensify its preparatory activities for the October 2015 general election and complete a number of improvements, such as modernizing the field voter registration system and re-engineering voting operations. Elections Canada will continue to focus on measures that make voting and registration more convenient, reduce barriers to voting and maintain trust in the electoral system.
The agency will continue to consult its Advisory Group on Disability Issues on initiatives it plans to take for the 2015 general election. The group will also help identify the best ways to inform people with disabilities about where and when to register and vote during elections.
Elections Canada will also continue its review of the government's proposed Fair Elections Act, a bill that proposes extensive changes to Canada's election laws. Elections Canada looks forward to assisting parliamentarians with their examination of the proposed legislation.
As it continues to make improvements and reviews the proposed legislation, the agency will consult with stakeholders and continue to seek non-partisan advice from the newly formed Elections Canada Advisory Board.
Together with our planned improvements for the 2015 general election, we can provide Canadians with more varied and modern ways to register and vote, and maintain their confidence in our electoral system.