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Plans at a Glance2022–23 Departmental Plan

As the general election of September 20, 2021 resulted in a minority government, Elections Canada will begin preparing to deliver the 45th general election, in addition to finalizing the close-out activities for the 44th general election. We will publish a detailed retrospective report on the 44th general election, informed by post-election reviews, public opinion research and feedback from stakeholders and voters. We will also publish a recommendations report that will outline proposed legislative changes to help the agency improve the administration of the Canada Elections Act.ii

In addition to event-specific tasks, Elections Canada will continue to focus on the vision set forth in the Strategic Plan 2020–28:iii to uphold an electoral democracy that serves all Canadians and that Canadians trust. To achieve this vision, we will:

  • improve the multilingual and accessible resources required for Canadians to understand how to register, vote and become a candidate;
  • enhance processes and systems in order to facilitate how Canadians vote and become a candidate, while also ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the electoral process;
  • monitor the information environment in order to identify security issues that could prevent the agency from delivering on any part of its mandate or that would impact electoral integrity; and,
  • support the 10 independent commissions as they review the electoral district boundaries in their provinces.

As the agency moves toward a digital future, Elections Canada will adopt a hybrid and flexible work model, where the majority of staff will work remotely. Despite its challenges, working remotely has proven to be a viable operational model with many benefits, not only in terms of doing business, but also in offering employees a workplace of choice. The agency will integrate new methods and technologies into its day-to-day operations that will allow it to be both creative and flexible as it fully adopts this new work model.

The agency will also begin implementing its digital strategy to support the evolving needs of electoral management. Through service improvements and the use of emerging technologies, Elections Canada will deliver on its mandate more efficiently by:

  • enabling access to sound data to understand the needs of Canadians and inform business decisions;
  • improving the agency's agility in managing electoral events, allowing it to more rapidly adjust to evolving needs;
  • establishing services and tools that are responsive to community needs and can be accessed virtually by all stakeholders; and,
  • ensuring the agency is the authoritative source of information about the electoral process for Canadians.

While the year ahead will bring challenges, it will also present an opportunity to make real progress toward providing Canadians with a more inclusive, convenient and efficient voting experience in future elections.

For more information on Election Canada's plans, priorities, and planned results, see the Core Responsibilities: Planned Results and Resources, and Key Risks section of this report.