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Returning Officer

Elections Canada Office Workers

Description: The returning officer (RO) appoints the assistant returning officer (ARO) to help carry out all duties related to an electoral event. The RO may delegate specific duties to the ARO. At times, the ARO may be required to replace the RO.


Key activities

  • plans and organizes the delivery of access to voting
  • directs the work of election officers
  • manages and controls financial, material, and human resources
  • establishes a floor plan and supervises the office set-up
  • administers the Canada Elections Act
  • communicates information to the general public, candidates, political parties, and Elections Canada
  • contributes to managing and improving the electoral process
  • oversees security and safety in the office


$17,167.85 during election period

For more information, please visit the Elections Canada website.