News Releases: Commissioner of Canada Elections

Commissioner of Canada Elections Enters into
Compliance Agreement with the City of Montréal

Gatineau, December 15, 2016

The Commissioner of Canada Elections has entered into a compliance agreement with the City of MontrĂ©al for removing a third party's election advertising messages during the campaign period for the 42nd general election, which took place on October 19, 2015. Under the Canada Elections Act, it is an offence to prevent or impair the transmission of an election advertising message to the public without the consent of a person with the authority to authorize the transmission.

The full text of the compliance agreement is available on the Commissioner of Canada Elections' Web site at:

Compliance agreements are voluntary and outline the terms and conditions that the Commissioner considers necessary to ensure compliance with the Canada Elections Act. These agreements may include a statement by the individual or organization ("contracting party") admitting responsibility for the act or omission constituting the offence. The admission of responsibility does not constitute a criminal conviction by a court of law and does not create a criminal record for the contracting party. More information about compliance agreements can be found at sections 517 to 521 of the Canada Elections Act.

The Commissioner of Canada Elections is the independent officer responsible for ensuring compliance with, and enforcement of, the Canada Elections Act and the federal Referendum Act.

For information specific to this matter:

Commissioner of Canada Elections Media Relations
or by email at

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