A constituency association, sometimes known as a riding association, is an organization formed in an electoral district to support a political party or an independent member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Provincial constituency associations in Ontario must follow the rules as outlined in the Election Finances Act. All constituency associations in Ontario must be registered with Elections Ontario.
This section provides information for constituency associations, including how to register and how to follow filing requirements.
For a full list of rules and complete details please see the CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations and the CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations of Independent Members.
Constituency associations in Ontario must be registered with Elections Ontario. By registering, a constituency association is able to receive contributions and issue tax receipts, finance its political activities and endorse candidates.
There is no fee to register a constituency association.
When you fill out forms please ensure:
- all information is accurate and complete (inaccurate information will cause delays and may be a contravention of the Election Finances Act); and
- information is typed or printed clearly on the form.
For complete information on registering or de-registering a constituency association please see the applicable handbook: CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations or the CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations of Independent Members.
To register a constituency association, you must do the following:
- Complete and sign Form A-1: Constituency Association Registration and Change Notice.
- Obtain endorsement from your political party or your independent member on the Form A-1.
- Send us your completed form with endorsement.
For complete information on registering a constituency association, please see the CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations and the CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations of Independent Members.
There are two ways that a constituency association can be de-registered:
- Voluntary de-registration
If you wish to voluntarily de-register a constituency association, you need to send a written request to Elections Ontario.
There is no fee to de-register a constituency association. There are filing requirements and requirements for the constituency association’s funds. Please see the CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations for details.
- Discretionary de-registration
Discretionary de-registration is not voluntary. More information on discretionary de-registration and re-registration after de-registration can be found in the CFO Handbook for Constituency Associations.
May 31 each year or next business day if May 31 is a weekend or holiday is the deadline for:
Six months after an election is the deadline for:
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