Administrative Monetary Penalties

Beginning in June 2019, the Commissioner of Canada Elections’ compliance and enforcement toolkit was expanded to include an Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMP) regime.

The draft policy for the new Administrative Monetary Penalty regime is now available. A six-week formal consultation has begun and any interested person can submit comments until Friday, December 20, 2019, by sending them to:, or by mail at:

Commissioner of Canada Elections
Compliance Unit
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0M6

AMPs can be imposed by the Commissioner to deal with various violations of the Canada Elections Act including contraventions related to or involving:

AMPs may also be imposed to address non-compliance with a term or condition of a compliance agreement or of an undertaking, or for failing to comply with a requirement of the Chief Electoral Officer made under Parts 16, 17 or 18 of the Act, in accordance with the political financing rules.

The criteria for determining the amount of an AMP is set out in the law, and the Commissioner has adopted a general formula for applying these criteria.

In order to maintain transparency, and as required by the Act, Notices of Violation are made public.

A more detailed explanation of this process can be found in the Compliance and Enforcement Policy of the Commissioner of Canada Elections and in the Commissioner’s policy documents explaining the AMP regime.

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