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Political Financing Handbook for Candidates and Official Agents (EC 20155) – June 2016 – Archived Content

This document is Elections Canada's archived guideline OGI 2016-05 and is no longer in effect.

An updated version of this document is available in Tools for Candidates.

About This Document

Introduction to the Political Financing Handbook for Candidates and Official Agents

This handbook is designed to assist candidates and their official agents. It is a tool that will help in administering the candidate's campaign during the electoral campaign process.

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.

The handbook consists of six chapters:

  1. Starting the Candidate's Campaign
  2. Campaign Inflows
  3. Campaign Outflows
  4. Reporting Requirements
  5. Closing the Candidate's Campaign
  6. By-elections Superseded by a General Election

The topics are presented in the order of a typical candidate's electoral campaign process.

What's new in this release?

Release Where Title Summary
June 2016 All n/a Regular updates (dates, limits, formatting).
June 2016 All n/a Updates as per comments received on OGIs 2014-03, 2015-01, 2015-02 and 2015-06 from members of the Advisory Committee of Political Parties and the Commissioner of Canada Elections.
June 2016 All n/a References to OGIs added throughout the handbook as applicable.

Contact information

Telephone Political Financing Support Network

Regular Hours
Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Elections Canada General Inquiries
Fax Political Financing
1-888-523-9333 (toll-free), or
Mail Elections Canada
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M6
E-mail General Inquiries

Political Financing Inquiries

Electronic Financial Return (EFR) – Inquiries and Submissions