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Political Financing Handbook for Registered Parties and Chief Agents (EC 20231) – October 2017

About This Document

Introduction to the handbook

This handbook is designed to assist eligible and registered parties, chief agents and registered agents. It is a tool that will help in the financial administration of the registered party.

This document is a general guideline issued pursuant to section 16.1 of the Canada Elections Act. It is provided for information and is not intended to replace the Act.

Elections Canada will review the contents of this handbook on a regular basis and make updates as required.

Note: The term "individual" used in this handbook refers to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

What's new in this release?

Release Where Title Summary
October 2017 All n/a Content reorganized for better flow and new examples added.
October 2017 Chapter 1 Reference Tables and Timelines Content from the first three chapters of the previous handbook reorganized into tables and graphics.
October 2017 Chapter 2 Who can contribute? New content on contributions from minors.
Sponsorship or advertising at a political event is a contribution Example added on sponsorship by individuals.
Determining the date a contribution is made New content on determining the date a contribution is made in different scenarios.
Returning or remitting ineligible contributions Content reorganized into a flowchart.
October 2017 Chapter 5 Fundraising New content as per OGI 2016-01 and the Canada Revenue Agency's position on sales taxes and gratuities at ticketed fundraising events.
October 2017 Chapter 7 Reimbursement of election expenses Updated content on eligibility for a reimbursement.
Typical election expenses Content added on rental of a temporary party office.
Use of existing resources Examples added on allocating office expenses during by-elections. New position on determining the election expense amount for pre-existing web content during a by-election.
October 2017 Chapter 8 Working with Other Entities New content to further explain collaboration between political entities.
October 2017 Chapter 9 Contributions received during ticketed fundraising events New content on processing the non-contribution portion of ticket sales for a leadership contestant's fundraiser.
October 2017 Chapter 10 Reporting Content reorganized into tables.

Contact information

Internet elections.ca
Telephone Political Financing Support Network
1-800-486-6563

Regular Hours
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time)

Elections Canada General Enquiries
1-800-463-6868
Fax Political Financing
1-888-523-9333 (toll-free)
1-819-939-1803
Mail Elections Canada
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M6
Email General Enquiries
info@elections.ca

Political Financing Enquiries
political.financing@elections.ca

Electronic Financial Return (EFR)—Enquiries and Submissions
efr-rfe@elections.ca