Handling election security incidents during an election
Elections Canada and federal agencies who contribute to election security are preparing for a range of potential incidents during the next general election. We are meeting regularly to work through scenarios so that it is clear who would be involved in managing different kinds of incidents, and what role each would play. This work complements several initiatives announced by the Government of Canada.
Elections Canada's focus is on administering the election as prescribed by the Canada Elections Act. If something goes wrong, Elections Canada will continue to:
- do everything in our power to ensure the integrity of the election
- protect Canadians' right to register, vote, and be a candidate
- act within our legal mandate, powers and accountabilities
- collaborate with the Commissioner of Canada Elections and national security agencies that have a role in managing the particular type of incident at hand
- remain non-partisan
If there is an incident that could affect Canadians' right to vote or impact the electoral process, the Chief Electoral Officer will speak directly to Canadians and inform them of the steps he is taking to address it.