The Election Finances Act has recently been amended by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The changes were enacted by Bill 2 on December 5, 2016. Please be advised that some material in the current Elections Ontario handbooks and guidelines for chief financial officers is no longer up to date. Elections Ontario will be issuing updated handbooks and guidelines in 2017.
Political candidates in Ontario
A candidate in a provincial election is a person who has successfully been nominated in an electoral district under the Election Act, and has registered with Elections Ontario as a candidate.
In this section you will find information about how you can register, be nominated and complete financial filings for a candidate.
If you are looking for information on spending limits, eligible contributors, contribution limits, and political advertising and authorization rules, including blackout period and social media rules, please see our other rules section.
Please refer to our Candidate's Guide for information about:
- campaigning rules
- campaign signs
- when you can collect signatures for nomination
- how your name can appear on the ballot
- where you must reside to run as a candidate
- any other rights and responsibilities of candidates
If there is any discrepancy between the content on this website and the content in the CFO Handbooks for political entities, the handbooks reflect Elections Ontario’s current policies and practices.
To be eligible to be a candidate you must be:
- 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and
- a Canadian citizen, and
- a resident in Ontario for the six months before Election Day, and
- not disqualified by the Legislative Assembly Act or any other legislation