The Advisory Committee of Political Parties (the Committee) is a forum for registered political parties to share information with and provide advice to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on the conduct of elections, the administration of the Canada Elections Act (the Act) and matters related to political financing.
The Committee was originally created in 1998 by Elections Canada and was given legal recognition on June 19, 2014, with the passing of Bill C-23.
The Committee brings together two representatives from each registered political party and is chaired by the CEO. It must meet at least once a year.
As a result of this collaboration, Elections Canada has a better understanding of the needs of political entities, including political parties, electoral district associations and candidates.
With the passing of Bill C-23, the Committee also advises the CEO in the development of opinions, guidelines and interpretation notes to political entities on the application of the Act.
A Steering Committee was established to help registered parties participate in the development process. Chaired by the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Regulatory Affairs, it includes one representative from each party and meets at least once a year, usually during the annual general meeting of the Advisory Committee of Political Parties.