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Political Financing Handbook for Candidates and Official Agents (EC 20155) – November 2019 – Archived content

This document is Elections Canada's archived guideline OGI 2019-09 and is no longer in effect.

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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?

Release Where Title Summary
November 2019 Chapter 15 Submitting reports to Elections Canada New process added for submitting reports online.
June 2019 All n/a New contribution limits for 2019 updated in tables and examples.
n/a No longer required to appoint an auditor below certain financial and vote thresholds, as per Bill C-76.
Chapter 2 Volunteer labour is not a contribution New content and examples added as per OGI 2019-01, Volunteer Labour.
Accepting contributions of cryptocurrency New content added as per OGI 2018-10, Cryptocurrencies.
Chapter 3 Types of loans New way to report a line of credit in some circumstances.
Chapter 6 Regulated fundraising events Concept of regulated events (definition, requirements and examples) introduced, as per Bill C-50.
Ticketed fundraising events Clarified what is included in the benefit for a ticketed fundraiser.
Other ticketed events New section on calculating the benefit when a ticketed event is held for promotional purposes rather than to raise funds.
Chapters 713 All New and redefined expense categories, payment options and reimbursement levels, as per Bill C-76.
Chapter 8 Who can incur and pay election expenses? Candidates now require authorization to incur election expenses, as per Bill C-76.
Limits on election expenses Election expenses limit no longer prorated for elections over 37 days, as per Bill C-76.
Election advertising on the Internet Blackout rule clarified for Internet advertising on election day.

New text on the ad registry maintained by online platforms.
Election signs Uninstalled signs no longer discounted from election expenses, as per court ruling.

New text on treatment of expenses related to vandalized signs.
Websites and web content Election expense associated with websites, web content and pre-existing material clarified.
Compensation paid to the official agent or other campaign workers New content on expenses incurred to relocate campaign workers.
Website and social media accounts of a parliamentarian Clarified that a parliamentarian's social media content may also be an election expense.
Chapter 13 Partisan advertising during the pre-election period New section on partisan advertising expenses of candidates and related rules.
Chapter 14 Use of the registered party's online contribution system New section on conditions for parties to collect contributions on behalf of candidates, as per OGI 2018-06.
Chapter 16 Reimbursements and overpayments New reimbursement levels, limits and repayment of certain personal expenses to candidates, as per Bill C-76.
Chapter 18 What is a surplus? New formula for calculating surplus funds, as per Bill C-76.
Repayment of a surplus to independent or non-affiliated candidates Independent or non-affiliated candidates now able to have surplus refunded in some circumstances.
Chapter 19 How a by-election becomes superseded Added a time limit after which vacancies are not filled before a fixed-date election, as per Bill C-76.

Contact information

Telephone Political Entities Support Network

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Fax Political Financing
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Email General Enquiries

Political Financing Enquiries

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