Register as a third party advertiser

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Third party advertising is when an individual, corporation or trade union pays for advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate or issue.

Any eligible individual, corporation or trade union that intends to spend money on advertising must register as a third party advertiser.

You can register as a third party advertiser between May 2 to October 21, 2022.

For more information, review the 2022 Third Party Advertisers’ Guide.

Eligibility

You're eligible to register as a third party advertiser if you are:

An individual resident of Ontario

A corporation carrying 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 in the municipal or provincial election

A group, association or business that is not a corporation

A federal or provincial political party

The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or local board

How to register

If you’re registering as an individual or on behalf of a corporation or trade union, you must:

  1. Download, print and complete the:
  2. Book an appointment so that you can submit the completed forms, identification and supporting documentation to the Elections Office.

At your appointment

Make sure to bring all the required forms, identification and documentation to your appointment to submit to an Election Official.

Corporations

  • Submit your completed forms, identification and supporting documentation to the Election Official
  • Provide proof that the corporation operates in Ontario
  • Provide proof that you are the director or official representative and agent designated to act on behalf of the corporation, such as:
    • A corporate search or incorporating documents
    • A resolution from the board (if the corporation has more than one director) that identifies you as its official representative and gives you the authority to register as a third party advertiser on its behalf
    • A letter with an original signature from the director (if the corporation has only one director) that identifies you as its official representative and gives you the authority to register as a third party advertiser on its behalf
  • Provide a piece of government-issued identification proving that you are:
    • The individual named as the director in the corporate search or incorporating documents; or
    • The individual named in the resolution from the board or letter from the director as the corporation’s official representative

If multiple corporations are owned by the same people or person, only one corporation can register as a third party advertiser.

If a corporation is owned or controlled by another corporation, only one can register as a third party advertiser.

Individuals

  • Submit the completed forms to the Election Official
  • Provide identification that proves your identity and that you live in Ontario

Family members or campaign staff of candidates are not restricted from registering to be third party advertisers. However, the third party advertising must be done independently of the candidate.

Consider the following if you’re a close friend, family or acquaintance of a candidate thinking of registering as a third party advertiser:

  • How the activities may appear to the public
  • How you can show that you’re not co-ordinating with the candidate

Trade unions

  • Submit the completed forms to the Election Official
  • Provide proof that the union exists
  • Provide proof that you have been appointed to act on behalf of the trade union