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.
  • Between May 1 and October 22, 2018 (Voting Day), individuals, corporations and trade unions who wish to conduct third party advertising in the City of Toronto must be registered with the City Clerk.
    • You can register 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.
  • Advertisements must identify the name of the registered third party advertiser, the municipality where they are registered and contact information.
  • Candidates cannot register as a third party advertiser and cannot direct a third party advertiser.

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.