Figure 13 – Financial Non-Compliance Cases Addressed by Referral to the Commissioner of Canada Elections or Administrative Compliance Measures, 2004-2014

This bar graph shows the total number of non-compliances with the financial provisions of the Canada Elections Act broken out by the type of non-compliance and by the way the non-compliance is dealt with.

The X-axis of this chart demarks the number of non-compliances, begins at zero and is divided into two sections. Data for non-compliances that require referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections extend to the left and data for non-compliances that are actioned by administrative compliance procedures extend to the right. The data is further broken out by type of non-compliance: ineligible contributions, spending violations, filing a false or misleading document, late or non-filers and all other non-compliances denoted as other. The Y-axis demarks each calendar year from 2004 to 2014.

The number of financial non-compliances by year from 2004 to 2014 dealt with by either sending a referral to the Commissioner of Canada Elections or by administrative compliance measures by type of non-compliance is:

2004:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 0
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 0
Others – 0

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 0
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 333
Others – 31

2005:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 0
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 0
Others – 0

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 5
Spending violations – 2
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 63
Others – 433

2006:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 0
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 0
Others – 0

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 17
Spending violations – 1
Filing a false or misleading document – 3
Late or non-filers – 134
Others – 680

2007:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 0
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 0
Others – 0

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 23
Spending violations – 7
Filing a false or misleading document – 8
Late or non-filers – 54
Others – 306

2008:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 0
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 0
Others – 0

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 58
Spending violations – 3
Filing a false or misleading document – 7
Late or non-filers – 27
Others – 383

2009:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 0
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 0
Others – 0

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 6
Spending violations – 7
Filing a false or misleading document – 7
Late or non-filers – 76
Others – 71

2010:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 27
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 0
Others – 136

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 32
Spending violations – 2
Filing a false or misleading document – 2
Late or non-filers – 46
Others – 208

2011:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 15
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 20
Others – 99

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 38
Spending violations – 1
Filing a false or misleading document – 1
Late or non-filers – 47
Others – 142

2012:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 31
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 23
Others – 484

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 76
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 1
Late or non-filers – 46
Others – 185

2013:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 11
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 19
Others – 100

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 26
Spending violations – 3
Filing a false or misleading document – 1
Late or non-filers – 15
Others - 96

2014:
Administrative compliance measures:
Ineligible contributions – 3
Spending violations – 0
Filing a false or misleading document – 0
Late or non-filers – 5
Others – 10

Referrals to the Commissioner of Canada Elections:
Ineligible contributions – 23
Spending violations – 1
Filing a false or misleading document – 2
Late or non-filers – 23
Others - 30

The data shows that administrative non-compliance procedures were instituted in 2010. From 2010 to 2014, the number of non-compliances that resulted in a referral to the Commissioner of Canada Elections was 1,047 while the number of non-compliances resulting in administrative compliance procedures totals 983.

The data also shows that, in total, 71% of all non-compliances are categorized as other while 19% are late or non-filers, 8% are ineligible contributions, 1% is spending violations and 1% is for filing a false or misleading document.

On the bottom of the graph there are the following notes:

Bill C-24: Amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act. Introduced publicly-funded quarterly allowances and contribution limits, brought EDAs, nomination and leadership contests into the regulatory system, increased reimbursements of paid regulatory system, increased reimbursements of paid election expenses and political contribution tax credits.

Bill C-2: The Federal Accountability Act. This legislation further reduced contribution limits and restricted eligibility to individuals only.

As well, at the bottom of the graph is the following footnote:

Administrative Compliance Measures were introduced in 2010.