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2017–18 Departmental Plan

Key Risks: Things That Could Affect Our Ability to Achieve Our Plans and Results

Key Risks
Risk Risk Response Strategy Link to the Agency's Programs
Elections Canada has insufficient capacity to implement legislative changes and pursue the required modernization over several electoral cycles. Elections Canada has established a dedicated team to support the key aspects of its Electoral Services Modernization agenda.

The agency is considering seeking approval from the Treasury Board to increase the number of indeterminate positions within the agency.
  • Electoral Operations
  • Regulation of Electoral Activities
  • Electoral Engagement
The CEO recommendations to redefine the polling station are not enacted by Parliament. Elections Canada will revise its plans to improve polling station processes, implementing only those changes that can be made under the current legislation.
  • Electoral Operations
  • Regulation of Electoral Activities
  • Electoral Engagement
A federal referendum takes place. During the last fiscal year, Elections Canada has developed a contingency plan to conduct a referendum and has finished updating the Referendum Regulation.

In order to conduct a referendum under the current legal framework, the agency would require a minimum of six months.

Should a referendum take place, the agency will adjust its priorities and scale back its efforts to modernize the electoral process and renew its infrastructure.
  • Electoral Operations
  • Regulation of Electoral Activities
  • Electoral Engagement