The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 now includes rules for third party advertising. 

A third party advertisement is an advertisement in any medium (broadcast, print, electronic or other medium) that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing a candidate or a 'yes' or 'no' to a question on a ballot. 

Third party advertising does not include:

  • an advertisement by and under the direction of a candidate;
  • where no expenses are incurred by a person/entity in relation to the advertisement (such as comments made on social media);
  • when given or transmitted by an individual to employees, by a corporation to its shareholders, directors, members or employees or by a trade union to its members or employees.

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 now includes rules for third party advertising. 

A third party advertisement is an advertisement in any medium (broadcast, print, electronic or other medium) that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing a candidate or a 'yes' or 'no' to a question on a ballot. 

You must be registered as a Third Party Advertiser prior to the start of any advertising. 

Who can register as a Third Party Advertiser?
Only the following persons and entities are eligible to file a notice of registration:
  • an individual who is normally a resident in Ontario;
  • a corporation that carries on business in Ontario;
  • a trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario. 
Who cannot register as a Third Party Advertiser?
 Persons and entities that are not eligible to file a notice of registration include:
  • a candidate whose nomination has been filed under section 33 of the Act;
  • a federal political party registered under the Canada Elections Act 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. 
How to register?
To be updated.
Additional Information
To be updated.