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Distance Learning Training Request


Elections Canada is dedicated to helping people who are involved in the electoral process get the information they need to fulfill their roles.

We offer the following online training sessions:

After the Return Is Filed

This session is the second part of a two-session series for candidates and official agents (along with “Closing the Campaign”), offered after every by-election. During this session, participants learn what happens with their return once it is filed, along with information on reimbursements and subsidies. Other topics include disposing of a surplus and closing the bank account. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

Candidate Expenses

This session presents the different categories of electoral campaign expenses of a candidate, who can pay them and which of them may be reimbursed. Other topics include online election advertising and supporting documents for the campaign return. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

Closing the Campaign

This session is the first part of a two-session series for candidates and official agents (along with “After the Return Is Filed”), offered after every by-election. During this session, participants learn important rules and tips to help them fulfill their reporting requirements. Topics include contributions, loans, transfers and reporting deadlines. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

Collaboration between EDA and Candidate

During this session, participants learn how transactions are regulated when they engage in shared activities, share their resources or act on behalf of another political entity during the election period.  Other topics include how to report transactions and where to get additional information. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

Filing the Candidate’s Return

During the session, participants learn important rules and tips to help them fulfill their reporting requirements, along with information on reimbursements and subsidies. Other topics include disposing of a surplus and closing the bank account. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

Filing the EDA Return

During this session, participants learn important rules and tips to help them fulfill their reporting requirements. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

Fundraising

This session provides information to all political entities on managing fundraising activities. Participants learn how to calculate and report contributions for different types of fundraising, such as ticketed and non-ticketed events, draws, auctions and the sale of branded goods. It also explains the rules for regulated fundraising events. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

How to Use EFR (for EDAs)

This session is a live demonstration of the Electronic Financial Return (EFR) software.  Participants will have a chance to see where transactions are entered and how to complete the electoral district association annual return. 

New Agents

This session provides a high-level overview of the roles of an electoral district association’s financial agent and a candidate’s official agent, as well as the differences between them. Topics include contributions, loans, transfers, expenses and reporting. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

New Financial Agents

This session provides essential information for new financial agents of electoral district associations. Participants learn the different roles in an association and legal responsibilities under the Canada Elections Act. Other topics include financial administration and reporting. A resource list with clickable links is provided.

Nomination Contests

This session is for electoral district associations and registered parties who want to hold a nomination contest. It clarifies the nomination contest process and what forms are required by Elections Canada. Participants learn the differences between the contest rules set by their own parties or associations, and the requirements of the Canada Elections Act.  A list of common mistakes is provided to help with compliance. A resource list with clickable links is also provided.