Third Party Advertisers must register with the Clerk, or designate, between the first day for filing nominations – May 2, 2022 and the Friday before Voting Day in a regular election– October 21, 2022. There is no registration fee for third party advertising, but the Clerk must examine the registration and then certify the notice of registration if deemed compliant, or reject the registration in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act

The below information package created by the Town of LaSalle contains important documents for those interested in registering as a Third Party Advertiser in the upcoming 2022 Municipal Election.

Third Party Advertiser Information Package Download

Find out how to register as a third party advertiser in Ontario municipal council and school board elections and the rules you must follow under the Municipal Elections Acts by downloading the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing's Third Party Advertisers' Guide 2022. 

Third Party Advertisers' Guide Download

What is a "Registered Third Party Advertiser"?

A Registered Third Party Advertiser (RTPA) is an individual, corporation, or trade union that has registered with the municipality in order to publish advertisements during the municipal election in support of or in opposition to a candidate. 

All individuals, corporations, or trade unions that intend to spend money to publish advertisements supporting or opposing a candidate must register with the municipality where they intend to publish advertisements. RTPAs are subject to expense limits between May 1, 2022, and October 21, 2022, and must file financial statements reflecting their activities during the campaign period.

Who cannot register as a Third Party Advertiser?

The following are not permitted to register:

  • Municipal Election candidate,
  • Federal and Provincial political parties, constituency associations, registered candidates and leadership contestants;
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality, a municipality or local board.
What is a Third Party Advertisement?

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.

Third party advertisements do not include:

  • Advertisements by or under the direction of a candidate
  • Issues-based advertising during the election period (with the exception of advertising that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing a “yes” or “no” answer to a question on the ballot)
  • Advertising that does not cost money to post or broadcast, such as comments made on social media
  • Messages distributed by:
    • an individual to their employees
    • a corporation to its shareholders, directors, members or employees
    • a trade union to its members or employees

What information must a Third Party Advertisement include?

Third party advertisers must identify themselves and provide mandatory information on all advertising beginning May 2 until the close of voting on October 24, 2022.

Third party advertisements must contain the following information:

  • Name of the registered third party advertiser
  • Municipality where the third party advertiser is registered
  • Telephone number, mailing address or email address at which the registered third party advertiser may be contacted regarding the advertisement 
What can a Third Party Advertiser being advertising?
The campaign period for a registered third party begins on the day the individual, corporation, or trade union is registered as a registered third party in relation to the 2022 municipal election and ends on January 3, 2023.
When can Third Party Advertisers begin to put up lawn signs?
Third Party Advertisers can put up their campaign signs starting September 2022.
When do Third Party Advertisers need to remove their lawn signs?
Signs must be removed by 11:59 PM on October 28, 2022.
Can a third party accept contributions?
Contributions by corporations and trade unions to candidates are banned, however, corporations and trade unions can contribute to third party advertisers. Money, goods and services are considered contributions.

The following are permitted to contribute:

• An individual who is normally a resident of Ontario;

• A corporation that carries on business in Ontario;

• A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario; and

• The registered third party and in the case of an individual, their spouse (subject to s.88.12(5)).

Contribution Rules

• cannot be made or accepted unless registered as a third party

• maximum contribution from a single contributor is $1,200 to a registered third party and $5,000 to two or more registered third parties in a municipality.

• If the contribution exceeds $25 it shall not be in cash.

These contribution limits do not apply to the registered third party if the contribution is made by themselves, and if the

registered third party advertiser is an individual, along with their spouse.

What is a third party expense for an election campaign?

Costs incurred by or under the direction of an individual, corporation, or trade union for goods or services for use wholly or partly in relation to third-party advertisements that appear during the 2022 municipal election in the Town of LaSalle are expenses. Expenses must be incurred only during the campaign period for a registered third party.
Is there a maximum campaign expense amount related to third-party expenses and a maximum amount for parties of appreciation after the election?

During the restricted period for third-party advertisements, the expenses of a registered third party in relation to third-party advertisements that appear during an election in the Town of LaSalle shall not exceed an amount calculated by the Clerk using the prescribed formula.

The expenses of a registered third party relating to the cost of holding parties and making other expressions of appreciation after the close of voting cannot exceed an amount calculated by the Clerk in accordance with a prescribed formula.

The Clerk will issue a certificate to each third party to outline the maximum amounts described above. An estimated amount will be issued on a certificate to the third party at the time of registration and a final amount will be issued on or before September 26, 2022.

Does a registered third party have to file a financial statement for the 2022 Municipal Election?

All registered third parties are required to file a financial statement using the prescribed form. Candidates, whose campaign contributions and total expenses are each equal to or less than $10,000, are not required to file an auditor’s report with the financial statement.

A registered third party whose campaign contributions exceed $10,000 or whose total campaign expenses exceed $10,000, in the municipality, are required to file an auditor’s report with the financial statement.

The registered third party must file their financial statements and auditor’s report in the prescribed forms by 2 p.m. on March 31, 2023 for the filing period ending January 3, 2022.

Where can I get more information on election campaign finance rules?

Please check with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website for further information.

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