Communiqué to employees: 2019 Elections – Political Activities of Employees

In 2019, elections are being held across Canada at the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels. As a federal public service employee, you have the right to engage in political activities as long as they do not impair, or are not perceived as impairing, your ability to perform your duties in an impartial manner.

Thinking of participating in political activities?

Allegations of improper political activity

Anyone can submit an allegation to the Public Service Commission (PSC) of improper political activities by federal public servants. The exception is that only a person who is or has been a candidate in an election can submit an allegation about improper political activity of a deputy head. The PSC conducts investigations that may result in corrective action.

Interested in being a candidate in a federal, provincial, territorial or municipal election?

The video below provides further information on the candidacy request process.

Election anywhere in Canada

Did you know?

Before you become a candidate, you must first request and obtain permission and, if applicable, leave without pay, from the PSC.

Still have questions?

You may wish to speak to your manager, your organization’s Designated Political Activities Representative or visit the PSC's Political Activities Web site, where you can find a suite of tools to help you make an informed decision.

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