Investigating and punishing law-breakers
The federal electoral process has many safeguards, including means to investigate and punish those who break elections law.
- The Commissioner of Canada Elections is in charge of making sure people comply with election law.
- If Elections Canada staff thinks someone may have committed an offence under the Canada Elections Act, we inform the Commissioner's office.
- Members of the public who think someone may be breaking election law can contact the Commissioner of Canada Elections to make a complaint.
- The Commissioner can investigate and, if required, lay charges.
- There are legal penalties for breaking election law, including fines and jail time.