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Supplementary Information Tables: New Legislation2022–23 Departmental Plan

New Legislation

The following legislation affecting federal elections was enacted in fiscal year 2022–23.

Electoral legislation
Bill Title Summary Text of the Bill
Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (electoral representation) Royal Assent received June 23, 2022 This bill amends section 51 of the Constitution Act, 1867 to provide that, when the number of members of the House of Commons and the representation of the provinces in that House are readjusted on the completion of each decennial census, a province will not have fewer members assigned to it than were assigned during the 43rd Parliament.

It also includes transitional measures providing for the application of that amendment to the readjustment of electoral boundaries under the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act following the 2021 decennial census.

The following legislation affecting federal elections was introduced in fiscal year 202223.

Bill Proposed Amendments
Government bills
Bill C-11, An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts This bill proposes consequential amendments to sections 335, 339 and 345 of the Canada Elections Act.
Private members' bills
Bill C-227 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (voting age) This bill would amend theCanada Elections Act to lower the federal voting age in Canada from 18 to 16 years of age.
Bill C-254 An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (change of political affiliation) This bill would amend theParliament of Canada Act to provide that a member's seat in the House of Commons is vacated and a by-election called for that seat if the member, having been elected to the House as a member of a registered party or as an independent, changes parties or becomes a member of a party, as the case may be.
Bill C-297 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (Indigenous languages) This bill would amend the Canada Elections Act to provide that, in certain circumstances, electors are to be supplied with ballots in an Indigenous language.