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 parties in Ontario must be registered with Elections Ontario. There is no fee to register a political party. Successful registration allows a party to:
- receive contributions and issue tax receipts
- finance the party’s political activities in a campaign period
- be reimbursed for campaign expenses
- have constituency associations and candidates