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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.

Which political parties are registered?

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

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.

How does someone become a candidate in an election?

See the document How to become a candidate

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.

What is a third party?

A third party is defined as a person or group, other than a candidate, registered party or electoral district association of a registered party, that purchases advertising during a campaign to support or oppose a candidate, party or referendum position. Third parties must apply for registration to the Chief Electoral Officer after the writs are issued, once they have incurred $500 in election advertising expenses.