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2018–19 Departmental Plan

Elections Canada's raison d'être, mandate and role

Raison d'être

Ensuring that Canadians can exercise their democratic rights to vote and be a candidate.

Mandate and role

The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, commonly known as Elections Canada, is an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament. Its mandate is to:


In fulfilling its mandate, Elections Canada also has the responsibility to: