Federal Election Monday, September 20

Other FAQs

Elections Canada frequently hears from Canadians who have questions about the rules for posting campaign signs and for displaying signs outside of an election period.

What is my riding?

Canada is divided into 338 ridings (also called electoral districts). One representative, or member of Parliament (MP), is elected for each riding.

You can find the name of your riding by entering your postal code in the Voter Information Service box.

Each riding has a returning officer, who opens an Elections Canada office when the election is called. The returning officer is responsible for organizing and administering the federal election in that riding.

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How many ridings are there in Canada?

There are 338 ridings in Canada, divided as follows:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 7
  • Prince Edward Island – 4
  • Nova Scotia – 11
  • New Brunswick – 10
  • Ontario – 121
  • Quebec – 78
  • Saskatchewan – 14
  • Manitoba – 14
  • Alberta – 34
  • British Columbia – 42
  • Yukon – 1
  • Northwest Territories – 1
  • Nunavut – 1

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How do I make a complaint about a possible violation of the Canada Elections Act?

The Commissioner of Canada Elections is the independent officer whose duty is to ensure that the Canada Elections Act is complied with and enforced. For complaints or allegations of wrongdoing, you must contact the Commissioner.

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How do I file a general complaint or give feedback on the conduct of a federal election?

To provide feedback on the conduct of an election, an election worker or another general matter, please use Elections Canada’s online Contact Us form. In an election period, feedback forms are also available at polling stations and your Elections Canada office.

Elections Canada handles complaints about matters that are not believed to be violations of the Canada Elections Act.

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What organizations are involved in administering and enforcing the Canada Elections Act?

Elections Canada administers federal elections. Other organizations also have a role:

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Elections Canada sometimes shares information with other organizations. Which ones?

If Elections Canada has information about a possible offence under the Canada Elections Act, we may share it with the Office of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, the independent officer responsible for ensuring that the Canada Elections Act is complied with and enforced.

If we have information relating to the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules or Voter Contact Registry, we may share it with the CRTC.

We have signed memoranda of understanding with these organizations to govern our information sharing.

We may also disclose information on criminal activities to law enforcement authorities.

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Do you have educational resources for schools?

Yes, Elections Canada has a range of educational resources for teachers at the primary, middle and secondary level.

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How do I order educational resources?

All educational resources can be found on our new website, electionsanddemocracy.ca. They can be downloaded, printed and ordered for free.

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How does Elections Canada protect the personal information it collects?

Elections Canada is committed to transparency in everything we do, especially when ensuring that Canadians can exercise their democratic rights to vote, be a candidate or work during an election. Learn more about Privacy at Elections Canada.

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What is the difference between an elector and a voter?

An elector is any Canadian citizen at least 18 years old on election day. A voter is a Canadian citizen who has voted.

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Who is responsible for the leaders' debates?

The Leaders' Debates Commission is responsible for organizing two leaders’ debates for the 2021 federal election (one in each official language).

If you have questions concerning the debates, please write to the Leaders' Debates Commission.

Is it illegal to make false statements about a candidate running for election?

Under the Canada Elections Act, it is an offence to knowingly—and with the intention of affecting the results of an election—make or publish a false statement about a candidate's citizenship, place of birth, education, professional qualifications or membership in a group or association. Furthermore, the Act prohibits knowingly making or publishing a false statement that a candidate has broken or has been charged with breaking a federal or provincial law, or is under investigation for such an offence. It also prohibits publishing a false statement indicating that a candidate has withdrawn from the election.

These prohibitions do not cover false statements about a candidate or party's platform or commitments.

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Does Elections Canada monitor for false statements about candidates?

Elections Canada does not monitor for false statements about candidates, unless they contain incorrect information about where, when and the ways to register and vote.

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How do I report or make a complaint about a perceived false statement about a candidate?

Complaints about false statements as covered by the Canada Elections Act can be sent to the Commissioner of Canada Elections, who is responsible for enforcing the Act.