How to Register or De-register a Political Party
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
Before a political party can apply to be registered with Elections Ontario it must:
- reserve the party name with Elections Ontario
- appoint a chief financial officer (CFO)
- appoint an auditor
When you fill out forms please be sure that:
- all information is accurate and complete (inaccurate information will cause delays and may be a contravention of the Election Finances Act)
- information is typed or printed clearly on the form
For more information about registration and de-registration please see our CFO Handbook for Political Parties.
After you have reserved your party name you can register your party by following these steps during an election period:
1. Nominate at least two candidates in two separate electoral districts to represent the party. A nominated candidate is declared when:
- Elections Ontario has accepted a Form C-1: Candidate Registration and Change Notice form
- the local returning officer has accepted the nomination paper.
2. Complete and send us Form P-1: Political Party Registration and Change Notice
3. Complete and send the candidate endorsement form signed by the party leader on or before the close of nominations.
- You must send the C-1 form and P-1 form to the Compliance Division.
- You must file nomination papers at your returning office.
Complete information about registration and de-registration can be found in the CFO Handbook for Political Parties.
After you have reserved your party name, you can follow the steps here to register your party outside of a campaign period:
1. Complete Form P-4: Petition to Register a Political Party.
2. Collect a minimum of 1,000 signatures from electors and include the signatures with your registration.
- These signatures must be collected within the one-year period during which the party name has been reserved.
- At the end of that year, the signatures cannot be used with your registration.
3. Send us your completed form and signatures. Elections Ontario will review your information and contact a random sample of people who have signed your form for verification.
- To allow for the assessment, all forms and signatures must be submitted a minimum of two months before a political campaign.
Find contact information here, including where to send the forms.
For more information about registration and de-registration, please see the CFO Handbook for Political Parties.
There are three ways that a political party can be de-registered:
- Voluntary de-registration
- Discretionary de-registration
- Mandatory de-registration
If you wish to voluntarily de-register a political party, complete Form P-1: Political Party Registration and Change Notice and send it to Elections Ontario.
There is no fee to de-register a party. There are filing requirements and requirements for the party’s funds. Please see the CFO Handbook for Political Parties for details.
Discretionary de-registration and mandatory de-registration are not voluntary. They will be used by Elections Ontario if it becomes necessary. More information about discretionary de-registration, mandatory de-registration and re-registration after de-registration can be found in the CFO Handbook for Political Parties.