Electoral Management Design Database




Model of electoral management



Elections Canada, which consists of about 500 employees, is the body through which the Chief Electoral Officer carries out his or her mandate. 


Canada, Justice Laws Website, Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9), last amended on 2021-06-29, accessed 1 September 2021

13: (1) There shall be a Chief Electoral Officer who shall be appointed by resolution of the House of Commons to hold office during good behaviour for a term of 10 years. He or she may be removed for cause by the Governor General on address of the Senate and House of Commons.

16: The Chief Electoral Officer shall

(a) exercise general direction and supervision over the conduct of elections;

(b) ensure that all election officers act with fairness and impartiality and in compliance with this Act;

(c) issue to election officers the instructions that the Chief Electoral Officer considers necessary for the administration of this Act; and

(d) exercise the powers and perform the duties and functions that are necessary for the administration of this Act, other than Division 1.1 of Part 16.1.

See also:

Elections Canada, The Role and Structure of Elections Canada, accessed 1 September 2021

Electoral Management Bodies

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Name of EMB Number of EMB members Term of office EMB members selected by Chair appointed/elected by Party or expert based membership
Chief Electoral Officer 1 10 years House of Commons Not applicable Expert
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