Legislation

A number of statutes, acts and guidelines govern the election process in the province of Ontario. They are listed here, followed by a brief description of each. They are available for downloading, should you wish.

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September 15, 2011:

  • Directive for all electoral districts on special ballot voting for the 2011 General Election 18KB pdf
  • Directive for all electoral districts on accessible voting equipment and related vote counting equipment for the 2011 General Election 46 KB pdf

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    The Election Act
    The Election Act sets out the guidelines for the conduct of an election. This is the legislation which, for example, establishes the length of the election period and provides for the preparation of eligible electors and a revision period to make changes where necessary.

  • Guidelines for use of information obtained from the Permanent Register of Electors
    Information contained in the Permanent Register of Electors for Ontario is used for electoral purposes only. Any use for commercial or other purposes is not permitted. Unauthorized use of this information is an offence under the Election Act.

    The Representation Act
    The Representation Act establishes the number, names, and boundaries of the electoral districts in the province.

    The Compendium of Election Administration in Canada
    This provides a comparative analysis of all federal, provincial, and territorial election legislation across the country.

    Election Finances Act
    The Election Finances Act provides for registration of Ontario's political parties, constituency associations, candidates in by-elections and provincial elections, and leadership contestants. During an election, this is the legislation which sets out limits on campaign expenses and political contributions to registered parties, constituency associations, and candidates, and imposes a time period for advertising.

    Taxpayer Protection Act, 1999
    In accordance with clause 4(1) of the Taxpayer Protection Act, 1999, during an election campaign and no later than two weeks before polling day, the leader of a registered party may give the Chief Electoral Officer a written statement indicating that, if the party forms the government following the election, the party intends,
    (a) to increase the tax rate in a designated tax statute by a specified amount;
    (b) to establish a new tax; or
    (c) to give a person or body (other than the Crown or a member of the Executive Council) an authority to tax


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