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Status of Political Financing Files from the 44th General ElectionCEO appearance on the Main Estimates 2022-2023 before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs

Key Messages

  • The filing deadline for candidates' and third parties' electoral returns was January 20, 2022, 4 months after election day. The deadline for parties is May 20, 2022.
  • All eligible candidate campaigns received a first installment of reimbursements at the end of October 2021.
  • We will issue accelerated reimbursements to eligible campaigns by the end of September 2022.
  • The target is to complete the review of selected candidate returns within 12 months of the filing deadline (by January 20, 2023).

Facts

  • There were 2,011 candidates, 22 parties and 105 regulated third parties 1 participating in the 44th General Election (GE).
  • There were 976 candidate campaigns (or 49%) who were granted extensions to file by the CEO (similar to previous GEs).
  • To date, Elections Canada has received (complete or partially complete) and published the following 1:
    • 95% of candidate returns; 1852 published online;
    • 83% of regulated third party returns; 87 returns published online;
    • 14% of party returns (due date is May 20, 2022); 3 published online;
  • The audit of candidate returns has started. The target is to complete the review of selected returns by January 20, 2023.
  • We are significantly outpacing our activities for GE43, which were strongly affected by COVID-19, in terms of the receipt and initial processing of returns, publication online and audit completion.
  • Candidate campaigns that have failed to file all mandatory documents have been informed that, unless they seek a court extension:
    • They are in non-compliance with the Canada Elections Act;
    • They will not be able to be a candidate at a future election;
    • If eligible, they are forfeiting their reimbursement of election expenses.
  • Starting at GE43, Elections Canada adopted a risk-based audit approach in the performance of its audit activities across all political entities.
    • Candidate electoral returns are selected for audit on the basis of the level of risk of non-compliance with the Canada Elections Act.
    • Data analytics is used to help focus audits in areas where the likelihood and severity of risks are the greatest while at the same time identifying possible anomalies.

Footnotes

1 Statistics as of April 27, 2022