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FAQs on Political Entities

Questions and Answers

What is a registered party?

Since 1974, political parties have had the option of registering with the Chief Electoral Officer. Registration offers political parties status under the Canada Elections Act and brings with it certain obligations and benefits. Click here for more information about this subject.

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Which political parties are registered?

Click here for a complete list of registered parties, their leaders and their national headquarters addresses.

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What is the standing of the parties in the House of Commons?

Click here for the standing of registered parties in the House of Commons.

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How does someone become a candidate in an election?

See the document How to become a candidate

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Are you a federal public servant and are you thinking about becoming a candidate in a federal election? Or are you thinking about engaging in political activities?

Visit the FAQ of the Public Service Commission of Canada on this subject (external site).

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Where can I find financial information on registered parties or candidates?

Click here for the financial reports of registered parties and candidates.

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What is a third party?

As of June 13, 2019, a third party is generally a person or group other than a political party, electoral district association, nomination contestant or candidate, that wants to participate in or influence elections by engaging in regulated activities (partisan activities, election surveys, partisan advertising and election advertising). Third parties must register with Elections Canada immediately after incurring expenses totalling $500 or more for regulated activities that take place during a pre-election period or an election period.

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