This page provides information for anyone who is interested in registering as a third party advertiser in the 2022 Municipal Election. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Are you Qualified? 

It is the potential third party advertiser's responsibility to ensure they are qualified to register in the 2022 Municipal Election. View the Who can be a Registered Third Party? (hyperlink) page for more information. 

Know the Legislation  

It is important to know your responsibilities as a potential third party advertiser. Please review the Ontario Municipal Elections Act, 1996for more information.  

Registration Package  

Third party advertisers will be required to file their Registration Forms and supporting documents at the City Clerk's Office during the Registration Period. More information, as well as the required forms will be available in the Spring of 2022.

What is Third Party Advertising? 

A third party advertisement is a message in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that has the purpose of promoting, supporting or opposing: 

  • a candidate, or 

  • a "yes" or "no" answer to a question on the ballot. 

Third party advertising does not include an advertisement, 

  • made by or under the direction of a candidate 

  • for which no expense is incurred 

  • when it is transmitted by an individual to its employees, by a corporation to its shareholders, directors, members or employees, or by a trade union to its members or employees 

Third party advertising does not include issues-based advertising so groups that do public outreach can continue their issues-based advocacy work throughout the municipal election period. 

Third party advertisers must register with the municipality before conducting advertising.

Who Can be a Registered Third Party? 

Section 88.6 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 states: 

Only the following persons and entities are eligible to file a notice of registration to be a third party advertiser: 

  • 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 

The following persons and entities are not eligible to file a notice of registration: 

  • a nominated candidate 

  • 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