Preamble – Overview of Elections Canada and the Federal Electoral System Briefing Book (October 2021)
This briefing book is intended to provide the Minister responsible for the Canada Elections Act with an overview of the role and responsibilities of the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer and how it delivers and regulates federal elections. In the coming months, the Chief Electoral Officer will prepare a report to Parliament on the administration of the 2021 federal election, which will be followed by a second report
on recommended changes to the Act.
While the briefing book outlines the role of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, its main focus is the mandate of Elections Canada, the name under which the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer carries out its responsibilities with respect to electoral administration and political financing oversight.