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Political Financing Handbook for Electoral District Associations and Financial Agents (EC 20089) – October 2017 – Archived Content

This document is Elections Canada's archived guideline OGI 2017-02 and is no longer in effect.

An updated version of this document is available in Tools for Electoral District Associations.

About This Document

Introduction to the handbook

This handbook is designed to assist electoral district associations and their financial agents. It is a tool that will help 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 this release?

Release Where Title Summary
October 2017 All n/a Content reorganized for better flow and new examples added.
October 2017 Chapter 1 Becoming a registered electoral district association Content from the first three chapters of the previous handbook reorganized into tables and graphics.
Voluntary and involuntary deregistration of a registered association
Reporting deadlines for the registered association across its life cycle
Role and appointment process
October 2017 Chapter 2 Who can contribute? New content on contributions from minors.
Sponsorship or advertising at a political event is a contribution Example added on sponsorship by individuals.
Determining the date a contribution is made New content on determining the date a contribution is made in different scenarios.
Returning or remitting ineligible contributions Content reorganized into a flowchart.
October 2017 Chapter 5 Fundraising New content as per OGI 2016-01 and the Canada Revenue Agency’s position on sales taxes and gratuities at ticketed fundraising events.
October 2017 Chapter 7 Working with Other Entities New content added to further explain collaboration between political entities.
October 2017 Chapter 8 Reporting Content reorganized into tables.

Contact information

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