A third party is any person or entity that is not a political party, candidate or constituency association, and that engages in political advertising.
If you plan to conduct political advertising during a general election or a by-election in Ontario, please be advised that there are registration and filing requirements as well as spending limits. These provisions are set out in sections 37.1 to 37.13 of the Election Finances Act.
Update June 15, 2021
The Election Finances Act has been amended by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Bill 307, Protecting Elections and Defending Democracy Act, 2021, received Royal Assent on June 14, 2021. Bill 307 has the effect of reinstating the changes included in Bill 254, relating to third party political advertising in Ontario, that were struck out of the Election Finances Act by Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on June 8, 2021.
The following sections of the Election Finances Act are now in force and effect: 37.0.1, 37.10.1(2), 37.10.1(3)-(3.1), and 37.10.2.
Please be advised that the material in all current Elections Ontario handbooks for chief financial officers is now up to date. This includes the passages in the previously published CFO Handbook for Third Parties relating to the non-election period, the spending limit related to that period, and the interim reporting requirements for third parties.
Elections Ontario’s Compliance Division is available to assist with any questions.
A third party must register with Elections Ontario after incurring expenses of $500 or more on political advertising in either the 12 months before the issue of a writ for a general election (the non-election period) or during an election period.
Third parties register with us by completing a Form TP-1 - Third Party Registration and Change Notice.