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Information about Élections Québec and what we do: our mission, our history, our administrative structure, our partners, and much more.

Mission, values, and mandates

Our institution is neutral and independent. Its mission is to ensure the integrity, transparency, and reliability of elections and to promote Québec's democratic values.

Chief Electoral Officer

A brief bio of Pierre Reid.

Élections Québec’s history

Since June 1945, an independent institution has been responsible for the application of electoral legislation and the organization of Québec elections. The history of democracy in Québec has been punctuated by important moments since its first elections were held in 1792.

Commission de la représentation électorale

The mission of the Commission de la représentation électorale is to draw up the electoral map of Québec and, where necessary, those of the municipalities and school boards.

Permanent board of revisors of the list of electors

Established in October 1999, the Permanent board of revisors assists Élections Québec in updating the permanent list of electors.

Administrative structure

See the Élections Québec organizational chart, read the descriptions of the institution's departments, and learn more about the returning officers who manage and organize provincial elections.

Relations with Canada’s electoral administrations

In Canada, 14 election administrations are responsible for organizing and conducting elections.

International activities

Élections Québec carries out international cooperation activities to share Quebéc's electoral expertise with other countries and with international organizations dedicated to the promotion of democracy.

Réseau des compétences électorales francophones

The Réseau des compétences électorales francophones (Network of francophone electoral bodies) is an association of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie that links more than 30 electoral management bodies who share best electoral practices.

Advisory committee

The advisory committee advises on all matters relating to the Election Act, except those relating to representation.

Declaration regarding public services

We want to offer you the best possible service. Our website and information centre give you access to a wide range of information.

Training election officers

During provincial, municipal, and school elections, we provide training to election officers so that they can properly assume their roles and responsibilities under Québec’s provincial law.

The law and our responsibility

We enforce the Election Act and its regulations for provincial elections as well as the Referendum Act for provincial referendums. During municipal and school elections, we are responsible for the financing and auditing of election expenses, as well as for criminal offences under the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities and the Act respecting school elections to elect certain members of the boards of directors of English-language school service centres.

Strategic plans

Élections Québec and the Commission de la représentation électorale have strategic plans that provide a roadmap for their actions.

Annual reports

We publish an annual management report every year. This report outlines the results we achieved in relation to the objectives set out in our strategic plan. It also includes recommendations for improving electoral legislation.

Research, studies, and surveys

Élections Québec applies its expertise to research in order to improve understanding of electoral issues, and contribute to the maintenance of Québec's democratic culture. The Election Act also gives us the power to conduct studies related to our mission. We also occasionally receive specific mandates from the Assemblée nationale.

Access to information and protection of personal information

We are subject to the Act respecting access to documents held by public bodies and the protection of personal information (also known as the "Access Act"), which confirms two fundamental rights: the right to information and the right to privacy.

Terms of use Privacy policy

Élections Québec’s privacy policy informs you about the personal information collected on its website describes the methods used to collect it, and how it is used.

Netiquette

Élections Québec has adopted netiquette guidelines for posts on its social networks. We may take action if these rules are not followed.