We are governed by provincial legislation. When we deliver elections or engage in related activities, we are responsible for obeying and upholding these laws. There are two main pieces of legislation that we must follow: the Election Act and the Election Finances Act.
The Election Finances Act sets out the laws for the registration of Ontario’s political parties, constituency associations, third parties, candidates and party leadership contestants. During an election, this is the legislation that sets limits on campaign expenses and political contributions, and imposes a time period for advertising.
The Taxpayer Protection Act, 1999 includes specific requirements for a political party to disclose if it plans to raise existing taxes, introduce a new tax or give other bodies the authority to tax if that party successfully forms the government.
The Fluoridation Act requires municipalities or local boards that own or operate a waterworks system to ask their electors, by way of vote, before passing any by-laws regarding the fluoridation of the public water supply.