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Elections in the time of COVID-19

As Québec and the rest of the world face a pandemic, the situation is affecting the everyday lives of Quebecers. Public health authorities are calling on the public to follow health rules that could remain in force for some time yet.

Given these circumstances, Élections Québec is closely monitoring the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on current and future election proceedings. We remain focused on making voting as accessible and safe as possible for everyone. We also seek to ensure that guidelines governing political financing activities are clear for all stakeholders.

As an institution, we continue to monitor ongoing developments, while also identifying best practices for holding elections during a pandemic. Our challenge is twofold: to protect the health of electors and all other stakeholders, as well as to ensure the vitality of Québec democracy at the provincial, municipal and school board level.

Measures to protect the health of electors and all other stakeholders

Solutions have already been implemented to protect the safety of electors, election officers and candidates during general elections and by-elections. Given our responsibilities related to the enforcement of electoral legislation, we have collaborated with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and other concerned ministries to develop health guidelines and measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, thereby protecting the entire Québec population. Our work continues, as the guidelines and measures need to be adjusted based on directives from public health authorities and on the development of the pandemic.

Please see below for more information on current measures and guidelines. The information provided in the following sections will be updated as the pandemic develops, and especially in response to any orders issued by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux that amend electoral legislation. It is therefore important to regularly refer to this information.