Political Financing Handbook for Registered Parties and Chief Agents (EC 20231) – February 2018
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 recent releases?
|February 2018||All||n/a||Contribution limits for 2018 updated in tables and examples.|
|February 2018||Chapter 7||Election advertising||Information about the blackout period added.|
|February 2018||Chapter 10||Submitting reports to Elections Canada||Clarified instructions for submitting reports in hard copy or by email.|
|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.|
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