Political Financing Handbook for Candidates and Official Agents (EC 20155) – February 2018
Note: This handbook is to be used for elections called before June 13, 2019. For later elections, please use the November 2019 version of the handbook.
About This Document
Introduction to the handbook
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.
Note: The term "individual" used in this handbook refers to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
What's new in recent releases?
|February 2018||All||n/a||Contribution limits for 2018 updated in tables and examples.|
|February 2018||All||n/a||References to the candidate's nomination deposit removed.|
|February 2018||Chapter 8||Election advertising||Information about the blackout period added.|
|February 2018||Chapter 12||Submitting reports to Elections Canada||Clarified instructions for submitting reports in hard copy or by email.|
|October 2017||All||n/a||Content reorganized for better flow and new examples added.|
|October 2017||Chapter 1|| Role and appointment process—official agent
Role and appointment process—auditor
Starting the candidate's campaign
Closing the candidate's campaign
|Content reorganized into tables and graphics.|
|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.|
|Remitting or returning ineligible contributions||Content reorganized into a flowchart.|
|October 2017||Chapter 6||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 11||Working with Other Entities||New content added to further explain collaboration between political entities.|
|October 2017||Chapter 12||Reporting||Content reorganized into tables.|
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