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Survey regarding organizations’ freedom of expression during Canada’s 43rd general election

For decades, the BCCLA has stood up for freedom of expression.

During the recent federal election, we heard concerning reports about how organizations across Canada pulled their punches due to complex elections legislation, confusion regarding Elections Canada policy, and the administrative burden of complying with third party advertising rules.

When the latest federal elections legislation was developed, our policy submission raised concerns about a chill on free expression. (This “chill” can occur when legislation leads individuals or organizations to self-censor out of fear that they will be sanctioned for speaking out.)

Now, we want to make sure we understand how the new law is playing out on the ground. By hearing from organizations across the country, we can ground our advocacy and next steps in the real impacts of current elections law and Elections Canada practices.

Please help us stand up for democratic debate by completing our survey today.

The survey will be open until November 21st, 2019, one month after the end of the election. If you are uncomfortable submitting this information via survey and would like to speak directly with BCCLA staff, please contact Acting Policy Director Meghan McDermott at [email protected]. Please note that, depending on the volume of such inquiries, it may take us some time to respond.

Disclaimer: Please note that if you are or become the subject of an investigation under the Canada Elections Act, the BCCLA may be required to share information you have provided to us with Elections Canada.

Please note that the content of this survey does not constitute legal or other professional advice or an opinion of any kind. Accessing or completing this survey does not create a lawyer-client relationship. While we will manage your data with care, the BCCLA cannot guarantee the security or confidentiality of information shared through this survey.

Election Chill Survey
Is your organization
Has your organization experienced a chill on its expression due to federal elections law and/or policy, including third party advertising rules? *
If yes, what kinds of impacts has your organization experienced? (please select all that apply)
Was your organization affected by the following recent changes to the Canada Elections Act? (please select all that apply)
Was your organization affected by the rules regarding issue advertising?
Did you feel that you had good access to information regarding how to comply with federal elections law, policy, and third party advertising rules?
If not, what were the barriers to accessing information regarding how to comply with federal elections law, policy, and the third party advertising rules? (please select all that apply)
Did your organization obtain legal advice regarding how to comply with elections law and policy?
Did your organization contact Elections Canada for advice or information regarding how to comply with elections law and policy?
Did your organization ultimately register as a third party advertiser?
Would you like to be contacted by the BCCLA for the following reasons? (please select all that apply) *