About Administrative Monetary Penalties

An Administrative Monetary Penalty (AMP) is part of the Commissioner of Canada Elections' compliance and enforcement toolkit under the Canada Elections Act and is designed to promote and ensure compliance, not to punish.

AMPs can be imposed by the Commissioner, or in certain cases by the Deputy Commissioner, by way of a Notice of Violation (NOV) to address certain types of violations under the Act, including those related to illegal voting, communications, third parties, and political financing. They can also be imposed for failure to comply with the terms and conditions of a compliance agreement or undertaking, or with a requirement of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).

In order to maintain transparency, and as required by the Act, a notice is published on the Commissioner’s website, setting out the name of the person or entity that is deemed to have committed a violation, identifying the act or omission or the failure to comply to which the violation relates and setting out the amount of the administrative monetary penalty.

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