In anticipation of the municipal general elections of November 2013 - Over 250 Québec municipalities will draw up their electoral map this year

January 26, 2012

Quebec City, January 26, 2012 – The Chief Electoral Officer of Québec and Chair of the Commission de la représentation électorale (CRE), Jacques Drouin, would like to point out that, in accordance with the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities (AERM), over 250 municipalities have to draw up their electoral map for the general elections of November 2013 by May 31, 2012.

These municipalities must divide their territory into electoral districts that include approximately the same number of electors, taking into account such criteria as physical barriers, demographic trends, the borders of boroughs and parishes, area, and distance. The goal of this operation is to ensure that electors are equitably represented at the municipal council level. The process will be split into two major phases during which electors may express their views.

Adopting a draft regulation

After adopting a draft regulation concerning the division of its territory, the municipal council must submit the proposed regulation to its electors by way of a notice published in a newspaper with wide circulation in the municipality. Electors who disagree with the suggested division can express their opposition in writing to the clerk of the municipality or the secretary-treasurer. If enough opposition is expressed, the council must organize a public meeting where interested parties may be heard.

Adopting the regulation

The municipal council must then adopt a regulation respecting the division of its territory regardless of whether a public meeting has been held or not. If there has been such a meeting, the regulation must appear in a newspaper that is widely circulated in the municipality. If electors still disagree with the new division, they can express their dissent this time by writing to the CRE. If the number of dissenting opinions received meets the legally stipulated requirements, the Commission will hold a public meeting where interested parties may be heard. The CRE will then rule on whether or not to maintain the division as stipulated in the municipal regulation or proceed with its own division of the municipality into electoral districts.

Possibility of renewing the current division

Municipalities wishing to renew their division into electoral districts as adopted for the 2009 general election have until March 14, 2012 to transmit their request to the Commisision de la représentation électorale. In order to be renewed, the division must respect the criteria and guidelines established in the Act respecting elections and referendums in municipalities. During the most recent territorial-division operation, in 2008, some 63 municipalities, i.e. 25% of those subject to the division process, qualified for renewal of their electoral-district division.

For more information

All those concerned by the division of a municipality into electoral districts may obtain further information by contacting the municipality in question, by consulting the website of the Chief Electoral Officer at, or by calling the Information Centre of the Chief Electoral Officer, toll free, at 1-888-ELECTION (1-888-353-2846).


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Categories : CRE, Municipal, Territorial division