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Political Financing Handbook for Electoral District Associations and Financial Agents (EC 20089) – April 2020

About This Document

Introduction to the handbook

This handbook is designed to help electoral district associations and their financial agents in the financial administration of the association.

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?

Release Where Title Summary
April 2020 All n/a New contribution limits for 2020 updated in tables and examples.
April 2020 Chapter 5 Regulated fundraising events Clarified when a leadership contestant ceases to be a prominent attendee.
April 2020 Chapter 6 Repaying and reporting unpaid claims Clarified which claims need to be reported at year-end, as per OGI 2018-09, Unpaid Claims and Reporting Requirements.
April 2020 Chapter 9 Submitting reports to Elections Canada New process added for submitting reports online.
June 2019 All n/a

New contribution limits for 2019 updated in tables and examples.

New threshold for auditor report, as per Bill C-76.

Deadline to confirm or change registry information is May 31, even if an election is underway.

June 2019 Chapter 2 Volunteer labour is not a contribution New content and examples added, as per OGI 2019-01, Volunteer Labour.
June 2019 Chapter 2 Accepting contributions of cryptocurrency New content added, as per OGI 2018-10, Cryptocurrencies.
June 2019 Chapter 5 Regulated fundraising events Concept of regulated events (definition, requirements and examples) introduced, as per Bill C-50.
June 2019 Chapter 5 Other ticketed events New section on calculating the benefit when a ticketed event is held for promotional purposes rather than to raise funds.
June 2019 Chapter 7 Partisan Advertising During the Pre-election Period New content and examples added, as per Bill C-76.

Contact information

Internet elections.ca
Telephone

Political Entities 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