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26 April 2021

Bill 49: A First Step in Updating Municipal Democracy

On April 22, 2021, the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr. Pierre Reid, participated in the particular consultations on Bill 49, An Act to amend the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities, the Municipal Ethics and Good Conduct Act and various legislative provisions. Mr. Reid said the bill echoes several reviews conducted by Élections Québec and the Ministère des Affaires […]

Categories: Laws and regulations, Municipal

19 April 2021

Political financing and municipal general elections: What you need to know about political contributions

This November, we will have the opportunity to elect the mayors and councillors of our municipalities. There are various rules governing municipal political financing, including political contributions from electors. A contribution can be a gift of money, or else a service rendered or a good provided free of charge. Maximum amount An elector may contribute […]

Categories: Financing, expenses, and contributions, General election, Municipal

9 April 2021

Élections Québec publishes a regulation to ensure the smooth operation of the November 7, 2021, municipal elections

On March 25, 2021, the Assemblée nationale adopted the Act to facilitate the conduct of the 7 November 2021 municipal general election in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Act provides for some changes to the electoral process. In particular, it gives the Chief Electoral Officer the power to amend, by regulation, certain provisions of […]

Categories: General election, Laws and regulations, Municipal

6 April 2021

Our annual report on political financing is available

The report on political financing in 2020 (Financement politique : bilan et perspectives 2020, available in French only) was tabled on March 31, 2021, at the Assemblée nationale. In matters of political financing and election expenses, Élections Québec plays an educational and control role. Therefore, this report sets out the results arising from these functions. It accounts for the […]

Categories: Financing, expenses, and contributions, Municipal, Provincial, School board

31 March 2021

Municipal General Elections of November 7, 2021: Candidates and Political Parties Can Now Apply for Authorization

With the approach of this year’s municipal general elections, electors who undertake to run as independent candidates in a municipality with a population of 5,000 or more can now apply for authorization from their municipality’s returning officer. Authorization will give these individuals more time to plan their election campaign and allow them to start incurring […]

Categories: Financing, expenses, and contributions, General election, Municipal

26 March 2021

The November 7, 2021, municipal general elections: the Chief Electoral Officer is in favour of Bill 85, which aims to facilitate the conduct of the municipal general election in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The next municipal general elections will be conducted in a few months. The rules that govern the conduct of the elections must be established quickly, even if we cannot know with certainty what the health situation will be next November. Certain provisions of the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM) must be amended […]

Categories: General election, Municipal

26 November 2020

“Je me présente” campaign launch

On November 6, the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation, together with the Secrétariat à la condition féminine, launched the initial phase of the “Je me présente” communications campaign, in preparation for the 2021 municipal general elections. Phase 1 primarily targets women, who are underrepresented on municipal councils. Indeed, in the 2017 municipal elections, […]

Categories: General election, Municipal

3 November 2020

Municipal by-elections may be held

On October 27, the Minister of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation, Ms. Andrée Laforest, announced the resumption of municipal by-elections. By-elections will therefore be held in several municipalities, including those in red zones, on December 13, 2020. Certain municipalities may hold elections on another date. In order for these elections to be held, security measures […]

Categories: By-election, Municipal

4 September 2020

Municipal by-elections on October 4, 2020

The lifting of the suspension of municipal by-elections was announced on August 7. Today, several municipalities enter an election period in order to fill one or more seats on their respective municipal councils. If there is more than one candidate for any one of these seats, a by-election will be held on October 4 in […]

Categories: By-election, Municipal

7 August 2020

Resumption of Municipal by-elections

The Minister of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation, Ms. Andrée Laforest, announced yesterday the resumption of municipal by-elections as of October 4th. The 45-day election period could therefore begin on August 21, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all municipal by-elections in progress or scheduled were suspended, in accordance with the directives issued […]

Categories: By-election, Municipal