News Releases: Commissioner of Canada Elections

Commissioner of Canada Elections Enters into
Compliance Agreement with
Climate Action Now – Barrie

Gatineau, February 11, 2016

The Commissioner of Canada Elections has entered into a compliance agreement with Climate Action Now – Barrie, a third party that transmitted election advertising during the election period for the 42nd federal general election.

The third party has acknowledged that, during the general election, it failed to register with the Chief Electoral Officer after having incurred $500 in election advertising expenses, as required by the Canada Elections Act. Furthermore, the election advertising produced by the third party did not contain an authorization statement ("tag line"). The full text of the compliance agreement can be found 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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