Legislative Review of the Elections Act, 1991


The election process in Newfoundland and Labrador is administered under the authority of the Elections Act, 1991. The Act sets out the parameters under which a provincial election can be run. The Act is now 30 years old and needs to be updated. The COVID-19 pandemic stressed this point, bringing to light the potential issues with the voting process outlined in the legislation.

The Department of Justice and Public Safety is interested in reviewing the Act to find ways to update it. We want to hear your experiences during the most recent election and your thoughts on how the legislation could be improved. This information will help us modernize the Elections Act, 1991, making voting a more accessible process for all. 

Members of All-Party Committee to Modernize the Elections Act Confirmed

All-Party Committee Established to Modernize the Elections Act

Get Involved 

The Department of Justice and Public Safety is hosting an online questionnaire via the engageNL platform to gather information on the provincial voting process in Newfoundland and Labrador. Thank you in advance for your participation. This questionnaire will be available until Monday, January 31, 2022. It should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete this questionnaire.

If you have any questions related to this questionnaire or require an alternate format please contact Nicole Porter (NicolePorter@gov.nl.ca or 709-729-1336).

Click here to complete the questionnaire

Written Submissions:

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, please prepare a letter/submission and send to us.  The deadline for written submissions is Monday, January 31, 2022. 

Written submissions can be sent by:

Mail:  Department of Justice and Public Safety
          Fourth Floor, East Block, Confederation Building
          P.O. Box 8700
          St. John's, NL  A1B 4J6
Fax:  709-729-3949

Email: justice@gov.nl.ca

How will your input be used?

The information we receive will be reviewed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety.  All feedback will be considered when reviewing the Elections Act, 1991 to inform potential changes to the legislation.

Privacy Statement

Please do not include your name or any information that could identify you.  The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on the Elections Act, 1991. Any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and will only be used for the purpose of informing participants of public engagement results at the end of the process.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact Erin Drover (ErinDrover@gov.nl.ca  or 709-729-7939)

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding the Elections Act, 1991, please contact: Nicole Porter (NicolePorter@gov.nl.ca or 709-729-1336)