Third Party Roadmap
As of June 13, 2019, there are new rules for third parties. If you are spending $500 or more on regulated activities that take place during the pre-election period or election period, you will need to register as a third party.
To register as a third party, you can be:
- An individual who is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or lives in Canada
- A corporation that carries on business in Canada, or
- A group, as long as a person responsible for the group is a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or lives in Canada
Please note that foreign third parties can’t spend money or use their resources to influence Canadian elections.
The pre-election period starts on June 30. It ends on the day before the election is called.
If you registered for the pre-election period and continue to conduct regulated activities during the election period, you don’t need to register again.
The regulated activities are:
- Partisan activities
- Election surveys
- Partisan advertising
- Election advertising
There is a limit on expenses that you can incur for regulated activities. For the pre-election period, the total limit is $1,023,400, of which $10,234 can be spent in a given electoral district.
If you are a registered third party, you may need to submit up to four interim reports if you received contributions totaling $10,000 or more or spend $10,000 or more on regulated activities. Once a third party starts filing interim reports, it must file all remaining interim reports. Here are the filing deadlines for interim reports:
- 5 days after required to register
- September 15
- September 30
- October 14
The election period starts on the day the election is called and ends on election day. For the election period the total expense limit is $511,700 of which $4,386 can be spent in a given electoral district.Every registered third party must submit a final report within four months after election day.