Filing Guidelines for Third Parties
When you register a third party in Ontario you must follow rules according to the Election Finances Act. Your chief financial officer (CFO) has many legal responsibilities, including to record, report and keep financial information.
Below is a summary of the filing requirements. For a full list of rules and complete details, please see the CFO Handbook for Third Parties.
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
- You check each form carefully for information about where to submit it
Please note that filling out these forms is not a replacement for your responsibility to follow auditable bookkeeping practices.
Please refer to the Completion Guide in each form and the CFO Handbook for Third Parties for more information.
Third parties must appoint a CFO before registering with Elections Ontario. A CFO has many legal responsibilities, including to record, report and retain financial information.
For guidelines about a CFO’s roles and responsibilities, please see our CFO Handbook for Third Parties.
Your CFO must file TPAR-Interim: Third Party Political Advertising Interim Reports promptly after spending or committing to spend any funds on political advertising, with a separate report being required each time its aggregate spending increases by an amount of at least $1,000 and when it has reached the applicable spending limit.
Your CFO must also file the TPAR-Final: Third Party Political Advertising Final Report and supporting documentation within six months of Election Day.
For complete information on TPAR-Interim and TPAR-Final reporting requirements see the CFO Handbook for Third Parties.
Use our Political Financing and Party Information application to find details on publicly disclosable contributions made to registered entities. Our tool allows you to search by:
- political party;
- constituency association;
- leadership contestant;
- third party advertiser;
- contribution reports; and
- financial statements.
Find TPAR-Interim Reports filed with Elections Ontario, and the percentage of the maximum permitted spending that has been spent or committed to be spent by each third party.