Compliance Agreements

Commissioner Of Canada Elections

Canada Elections Act

Compliance agreement

This notice is published by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, pursuant to section 521 of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c. 9.

On May 9, 2018, the Commissioner of Canada Elections entered into a compliance agreement with the National Capital Region Chapter of Fair Vote Canada, pursuant to section 517 of the Canada Elections Act. The text of the compliance agreement is set out in full below.

May 15, 2018

Yves Côté, QC
Commissioner of Canada Elections


Compliance Agreement

The relevant provisions of the Act are subsection 363(1), paragraph 368(1)(a) and paragraphs 497(1)(a), 497(2)(a), 497(1)(e) and 497(2)(e), which make it an offence, respectively, for an ineligible contributor to make a contribution under the Act, and for any person or entity to circumvent the prohibition against an ineligible contributor making a contribution under the Act.  

Statements by the Contracting Party

For the purpose of this compliance agreement, the Contracting Party acknowledges the following:

Factors considered by the Commissioner

In entering into this compliance agreement, the Commissioner took into account the factors set out in paragraph 32 of the Compliance and Enforcement Policy of the Commissioner of Canada Elections, which is available on the Commissioner's website. In particular, the Commissioner took into account the following:

Undertakings and agreement

As soon as possible after having been advised of the publication of this compliance agreement on the Commissioner's website, the Contracting Party undertakes to publish—for a period of at least 30 days—the above-mentioned notice on the signing of this compliance agreement on the first page of the Fair Vote Canada, National Capital Region website.

The Contracting Party also undertakes to provide to the Commissioner, as soon as possible after the notice has been posted, proof of publication of this notice on its website, and to confirm in writing to the Commissioner at the end of the above-mentioned 30-day period that the notice was kept on the website for the full period required under this compliance agreement.

The Contracting Party also undertakes to send the above-mentioned news release to media outlets on a list approved by the Commissioner, announcing that it has entered into this compliance agreement. The news release is to be issued on the day the Contracting Party has been advised that the compliance agreement has been published on the Commissioner's website. The Contracting Party undertakes to provide the Commissioner with written proof thereof.

The Contracting Party agrees to respect the relevant provisions of the Act in the future.

The Contracting Party consents to the publication of this compliance agreement in the Canada Gazette and on the Commissioner's website.

The Commissioner agrees that the fulfillment by the Contracting Party of its undertakings in this compliance agreement will constitute compliance with the agreement.

Pursuant to subsection 517(8) of the Act, the Commissioner and the Contracting Party recognize that once this compliance agreement is entered into, the Commissioner will be prevented from referring this matter for prosecution to the Director of Public Prosecutions unless there is non‑compliance with the terms of the compliance agreement, and in any event, the Director of Public Prosecutions cannot institute such a prosecution unless non-compliance is established.


Signed by the duly authorized representative of the Contracting Party, in the City of Ottawa, in the Province of Ontario, this 6th day of March, 2018.

Réal Lavergne 
Member at large, Executive Committee
NCR Chapter Fair Vote-Canada

Signed by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, in the City of Gatineau, in the Province of Quebec, this 9th day of May, 2018.

Yves Côté, QC
Commissioner of Canada Elections


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