Commissioner Of Canada Elections

Canada Elections Act


This notice is published by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, pursuant to section 521.34 (2) of the Canada Elections Act, S.C. 2000, c. 9.

On April 15, 2020, the Commissioner of Canada Elections accepted an undertaking from Unifor, pursuant to section 521.13 of the Canada Elections Act. The text of the undertaking is set out in full below.

May 22, 2020


Pursuant to section 521.13 of the Canada Elections Act (the Act), the Commissioner of Canada Elections (the Commissioner) has accepted this undertaking from Unifor. The undertaking is aimed at ensuring compliance with the Act.

The relevant provisions of the Act are paragraph 357.03(b) and section 508.1, which make it a violation for a third party to file an interim third-party expenses return that does not substantially set out the required information.

Statements by Unifor

For the purpose of this undertaking, Unifor acknowledges the following:

Factors considered by the Commissioner

In accepting this undertaking, the Commissioner took into account the factors set out in paragraph 32 of the Compliance and Enforcement Policy of the Commissioner of Canada Elections. In particular, the Commissioner considered the facts that:

Terms and conditions

Unifor undertakes to instruct its Director of Membership Mobilization and Political Action, in writing, to provide training to Unifor political action organizers on what constitutes a regulated activity for the purposes of the Act. Unifor will provide this training in order to assist its political action organizers in their organization of activities to be held during future regulated pre-election and election periods. Unifor will provide evidence that this written instruction was issued to its Director within 30 days of receiving notice of the signing of the undertaking by the Commissioner.

Pursuant to subsection 521.13(4) of the Act, the Commissioner has informed Unifor that this undertaking will be published on the Commissioner's website, as required by subsection 521.34(2) of the Act.

The Commissioner agrees that the fulfillment by Unifor of its obligations as stated herein will constitute compliance with the undertaking. In accordance with section 508.1 of the Act, failure to comply with any provision of this undertaking may result in the Commissioner issuing a notice of violation imposing an administrative monetary penalty against Unifor and/or its directors, officers, agents or mandataries.

Signed on behalf of Unifor in the City of Toronto, in the province of Ontario, this 9th day of April, 2020.

Laura Johnson

Signed by the Commissioner of Canada Elections, in the City of Gatineau, in the province of Quebec, this 15th day of April, 2020.

Yves Côté, QC
Commissioner of Canada Elections

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