C-65 , 44th Parliament, 1st session November 22, 2021, to present

An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act
Short title: Electoral Participation Act


Current status
At second reading in the House of Commons
Latest activity
Introduction and first reading on March 20, 2024 (House of Commons)


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Introduction and first reading, March 20, 2024
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Legislative summary

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On 20 March 2024, the Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs introduced Bill C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (Electoral Participation Act), and it was given first reading.

Bill C-65 amends the Canada Elections Act to, among other things,
(a) provide for two additional days of advance polling;
(b) authorize returning officers to constitute polling divisions that consist of a single institution, or part of an institution, where seniors or persons with a disability reside and provide for the procedures for voting at polling stations in those polling divisions;
(c) update the process for voting by special ballot;
(d) provide for the establishment of offices for voting by special ballot at post-secondary educational institutions;
(e) provide for new requirements relating to political parties’ policies for the protection of personal information;
(f) establish new prohibitions and modify existing prohibitions, including in relation to foreign influence in the electoral process, the provision of false or misleading information respecting elections and the acceptance or use of certain contributions; and
(g) expand the scope of certain provisions relating to the administration and enforcement of that Act, including by granting the Commissioner of Canada Elections certain powers in respect of any conspiracy or attempt to commit, or being an accessory after the fact or counselling in relation to, a contravention of that Act.
The enactment also provides that the Chief Electoral Officer must make a report on the measures that need to be taken to implement a three-day polling period, a report on the measures that need to be taken to enable electors to vote at any place in their polling station, a report on the feasibility of enabling electors to vote at any polling station in their electoral district and a report proposing a process for the determination of whether a political party has as one of its fundamental purposes the promotion of hatred against an identifiable group of persons.

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