A career with us

And between two elections, what do we do?

General Siaka Sangaré, Head of Mali’s Electoral Commission and President of the Network of Francophone Electoral Skills (RECEF), Mr. Jacques Chagnon, President of the National Assembly and Mr. Jacques Drouin, Chief Electoral Officer and General Secretary of RECEF since its official launch on August 24, 2011.

Democracy is our occupation at all times! Between two general elections, we are still very busy. In addition to provincial elections, Élections Québec is also involved in other areas :

Municipal and school votes

We play a support role in the holding of municipal and school elections and referendums. Among other things, we supply the tools and support municipal and school commission returning officers by offering the help and training required for organizing and holding elections.

Information

Our communication activities are manifold. An information centre is available to the public. We undertake the advertising deemed necessary for our electoral system to function correctly. For example, during the 2009 municipal elections, we released our first Web 2.0 campaign.

Permanent list of electors (PLE)

We are in charge of managing and maintaining the permanent list of electors and producing the various electoral lists required so that elections and referendums at the provincial, municipal and school levels can be held.

Authorization of political parties and independent candidates

We are responsible for authorizing political parties and candidates at the provincial, school and municipal levels. This authorization allows them to collect contributions, make election expenses and take out loans. We also keep a register of the political entities that we authorize.

Election financing and control of election expenses

In Québec, the financing and control of election expenses are governed by specific rules which are based on the principles of fairness and transparency. In this area, as much at the provincial, municipal or school level, we play two roles: that of an educator and that of a controller. In summary, this translates into creating public awareness of political financing rules, through the training of the different players and through the auditing of political parties' and candidates' annual financial reports and election expenses.

Inquiries and legal proceedings

As we have to ensure compliance with the various election laws, we have auditing, investigative and legal powers. These powers allow us, by ourselves or at the request of a third party, to investigate the application of the election laws and initiate, if applicable, legal proceedings.

Studies and expertise

In order to maintain our top-notch expertise in the field of elections, we carry out studies and evaluations on election mechanisms and on political party financing.

An institutional exchange network has also been set up and is accessible by everyone at Élections Québec. Our strategic portal is a tool for information exchange, sharing of expertise, knowledge, skills, and know-how between personnel.

International activities

Since 1984, our institution has participated in numerous overseas missions. We play a very active role on the international scene by sharing our electoral expertise with other countries and international organizations devoted to the promotion of democracy and people's well-being.

Furthermore, our chief electoral officer, Mr. Jacques Drouin, is the General Secretary of RECEF (Réseau des compétences électorales francophones) whose headquarters are in Québec City. This network brings together French-speaking election administrators who wish to promote free, fair and transparent votes.

Electoral maps

Our chief electoral officer is chairman of the institution in charge of creating the provincial electoral map: the Commission de la représentation électorale. It also has certain responsibilities vis-à-vis establishing electoral districts at the municipal level and electoral divisions at the school level.

Démocratie en route travelling exhibition.

Education to democracy

Promoting democratic values is one of our highest priority. We put a lot of effort into increasing awareness of our political system among new and young Quebecers and the fundamental issues of life in a democracy. Websites, publications, educational activities, teaching materials and exhibitions have been, among other things, put in place to attain these goals. Here are a few examples:

Other mandates…

It often happens that we have a specific mandate. Thus we were closely involved in the Nunavik referendum held on April 27, 2011 on the question of regional government.