Become a Registered Third Party Advertiser
The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 now includes rules for third party advertising.
- A third party advertisement is an advertisement in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing a candidate in the election, or a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot.
- A third party advertiser is any individual, corporation or trade union that causes an election campaign advertisement to appear. A third party advertiser is required to register with the City Clerk of the municipality where they want to advertise.
To become a third party advertiser in the upcoming election, you must register with the City Clerk.
- Registration opens beginning May 1 to October 19, 2018.
- Until the City Clerk certifies your registration, you may not spend money on your campaign, accept contributions or begin advertising.
The sections below provide general information related to third party advertising in the 2018 municipal election. Updates will be made as new information becomes available.
You are eligible to register as a third party advertiser if you are:
- An individual who is normally resident in Ontario
- A corporation that carries on business in Ontario
- A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario
You are not eligible to register as a third party advertiser if you are:
- A candidate whose nomination has been filed under section 33 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
- A federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act (Canada) or any federal constituency association or registered candidate at a federal election endorsed by that party
- A provincial political party, constituency association, registered candidate or leadership contestant registered under the Election Finances Act
- The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or local board
Registration opens beginning May 1 to October 19, 2018. Forms will be available in April 2018.
Your registration must be filed in person or by an agent at:
Election Services Office
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
1st Floor North
If you want to advertise in more than one municipality, you must register in each municipality where you want to advertise.