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Do You Have to Register as a Third Party for the Federal By-election?

This infographic explains when to register as a third party with Elections Canada and the obligations of a third party during a by-election.

If you are:

  • an individual who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or who lives in Canada (other than a candidate)
  • a corporation carrying on business in Canada1
  • a group where a person responsible for the group is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or lives in Canada (other than a registered party or an electoral district association of a registered party)

and you have conducted any of the following regulated activities in the election period:

with combined expenses of $500 or more then you must immediately register as a third party with Elections Canada.

You may also choose to register after the election is called if you intend to conduct regulated activities with combined expenses of $500 or more.

Registration process

Obligations of a registered third party

Footnotes

1 A corporation incorporated outside Canada cannot register as a third party if, during the election period, its primary purpose in Canada is to influence electors' votes.