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Elections Ontario
Élections Ontario
""Elections Ontario logo yellow.png
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Provincial Elections in Ontario
Headquarters 51 Rolark Drive, "Toronto, Ontario
Employees 81,792 (general election period) [1]
Agency executive
  • Greg Essensa, Chief Electoral Officer[2]
Website www.elections.on.ca

Elections Ontario ("French: Élections Ontario) is an independent office of the "Legislative Assembly of Ontario responsible for the administration of provincial "elections and "referenda. The agency is led by the Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, appointed in 2008, as a non-partisan Officer of the Legislative Assembly. His predecessor was John Hollins (2001-2008). It is charged with the implementation and enforcement of the Election Act ("R.S.O., c. E.6), Election Finances Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. E.7), Representation Acts (various), as well as specific portions of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (S.O. 1996, c. 32, Sched.), Taxpayer Protection Act, 1999 (S.O. 1999, c. 7, Sched. A), and Fluoridation Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. F.22).[3] The agency collects information about political parties, candidates, constituency association, leadership contestants, and third parties involved in Ontario politics.[4]



Former logo of Elections Ontario

Its responsibilities include:

2012 Privacy Breach[edit]

In July 2012, Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa announced the April disappearance of two "USB flash drives holding data on 2.4 million voters in 25 Ontario ridings.[5] The data included the names, gender, birth date and address of voters.[6] The two staff members who lost the drives no longer work at Elections Ontario.[7] The "Ontario Provincial Police and the "Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario started investigations into the privacy breach described as "the largest in Ontario history".[8] Merchant Law Group filed a class action suit with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on July 20, 2012.[6][9][10] Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian issued a report with recommendations on the incident on July 31, 2012.[11]

Notable investigations[edit]

2015 Sudbury by-election bribery investigation[edit]

On February 19, 2015, Chief Electoral Officer Greg Essensa delivered a report to the Ontario legislature alleging that Premier "Kathleen Wynne's chief-of-staff Patricia Sorbara and "Sudbury riding organizer Gerry Lougheed Jr. had offered a job to Andrew Olivier, who intended to run to be the Liberal candidate in the by-election.[12] Ontario police investigated the allegations and laid two charges against Lougheed. Police did not lay charges against Sorbara.[13][14]

2018 Highway 407 data theft investigation[edit]

"The Globe and Mail reported on May 20, 2018 that Elections Ontario had launched an investigation in response to a complaint that "Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario candidates allegedly used data stolen from the "407 ETR toll highway to further party nomination campaigns in several ridings.[15] The complaint, filed by the "Ontario New Democratic Party, focused on the nomination contests in the ridings of "Brampton West, "Brampton Centre, "Brampton South, "Burlington, "Mississauga East—Cooksville, "Mississauga—Erin Mills, "Mississauga—Lakeshore, "Mississauga—Streetsville, "Oakville, "Beaches—East York, "Milton and "Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas.[16] The Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas nomination is also the subject of a separate criminal investigation by the "Hamilton Police Service.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Report on the 39th Provincial General Election" (PDF). elections.on.ca. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Elections Ontario. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  3. ^ a b https://www.elections.on.ca/content/dam/NGW/sitecontent/2016/reports/Strategic%20Plan%20(2013-2017).pdf Elections Ontario Strategic Plan 2013-2017
  4. ^ http://www.elections.on.ca/en/political-entities-in-ontario.html/ Elections Ontario Strategic Plan 2013-2017
  5. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/elections-ontario-voter-data-goes-missing-report/article4421768/ Globe & Mail
  6. ^ a b https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/class-action-launched-against-elections-ontario-over-missing-voter-information/article4431889/ Globe & Mail
  7. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/elections-ontario-warns-voters-of-privacy-breach-as-usbs-holding-personal-data-vanish/article4422723/ Globe & Mail
  8. ^ "Elections Ontario warns voters of privacy breach as USBs holding personal data vanish". Retrieved 9 April 2018 – via The Globe and Mail. 
  9. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/elections-ontario-faces-class-action-over-missing-data-1.1210979 CBC News
  10. ^ http://www.merchantlaw.com/class-actions/current-class-actions/elections-ontario-class-action Merchant Law Group
  11. ^ https://www.ipc.on.ca/images/Findings/2012-07-31-Elections-Ont_1.pdf Elections Ontario's Unprecedented Privacy Breach
  12. ^ http://www.elections.on.ca/content/dam/NGW/sitecontent/2014/Media%20Releases/February%2019,%202015%20-%20Chief%20Electoral%20Officer%20report%20on%20apparent%20contraventions%20of%20Election%20Act.pdf The Chief Electoral Officer’s Report on Apparent Contraventions of the Election Act
  13. ^ https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/09/24/criminal-charges-laid-in-sudbury-election-probe.html Toronto Star
  14. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/liberal-fundraiser-faces-charges-in-alleged-by-election-bribery-scandal/article26514410/ Globe & Mail
  15. ^ Mahoney, Jill; Howlett, Karen (May 20, 2018). "Ontario elections watchdog reviewing PC candidate campaigns". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  16. ^ Benzie, Robert (May 23, 2018). "NDP calls for Elections Ontario to probe 12 PC nominations". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 
  17. ^ Benzie, Robert (January 24, 2018). "Spurned PC candidate ends civil suit, but criminal probe continues in Hamilton riding". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 10, 2018. 

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