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Political Financing Handbook for Nomination Contestants and Financial Agents (EC 20182) – December 2018

Note: This handbook is to be used for contests starting on or after December 21, 2018. For earlier contests, please use the 2016 version of the handbook.

About This Document

Introduction to the handbook

This handbook is designed to assist nomination contestants and their financial agents. It is a tool that will help in the financial administration of the nomination contestant's campaign.

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
December 2018 All n/a Content reorganized for better flow, new examples added and relevant content brought in from other recent handbooks.
December 2018 Chapter 2 Volunteer labour is not a contribution New content and examples added as per OGI 2017-04, Volunteer Labour.
December 2018 Chapter 6 Fundraising expenses Content added on the exclusion of certain fundraising expenses from nomination contest expenses.
Regulated fundraising events Concept of regulated events (definition, requirements and examples) introduced as per Bill C-50.
December 2018 Chapters 7,
8 and 9
n/a Definitions and categories of nomination campaign expenses revised as per Bill C-50.
December 2018 Chapter 8

Websites and web content

Website of a parliamentarian

Reporting requirements clarified for expenses associated with websites, web content and pre-existing material.

Contact information

Telephone Political Entities Support Network

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Fax Political Financing
1-888-523-9333 (toll-free)
Mail Elections Canada
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Email General Enquiries

Political Financing Enquiries

Electronic Financial Return (EFR)—Enquiries and Submissions