Commissioner of Canada Elections Annual Report 2015-2016
Post-election Environment at the CCE
Compliance is the primary focus during the election period, but work in the weeks, months – and in some cases years – following a federal election centres on enforcement.
Although a significant number of complaints are received during the writ period, post-election, the CCE also begins to receive referrals from Elections Canada's Political Finance and Audit Directorate. This group is responsible for auditing the financial reports and information submitted by political entities and registered third parties. Instances believed to contain some element of non-compliance with the Act are referred to the CCE for potential compliance or enforcement action, aside from those instances of non-compliance that are resolved internally at Elections Canada in accordance with the Administrative Compliance Policy for Political Financing adopted by the Chief Electoral Officer after consultation with the CCE.