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How to Register as a Leadership Contestant

Leadership contestants in Ontario must be registered with Elections Ontario. Registration allows a leadership contestant to receive contributions and finance political activities during the contest period.

Before you can apply to be registered as a leadership contestant with Elections Ontario you must:

  • appoint a chief financial officer (CFO)
  • appoint an auditor

You cannot apply to be registered as a leadership contestant until the first day of the leadership contest. This day is determined by the party and filed with Elections Ontario.

There is no fee to register with Elections Ontario as a leadership contestant.

When you fill out forms please be sure that:

  • all information is accurate and complete (inaccurate information will cause delays and may be a contravene of the Election Finances Act)
  • information is typed or printed clearly on the form

For complete details, please see the CFO Handbook for Leadership Contestants.