Third Party Advertising Information

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Third Party Advertising Information

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.

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.

Becoming a Registered Third Party

To become a third party advertiser in the upcoming election, you must register with the Clerk. Registrations are accepted May 1, 2018 to October 19, 2018. 

Notice of Registration of Third Party - Form 7

Avis d’inscription – Tiers – Formulaire 7

In order to ensure the process of submitting your registration is as efficient as possible, it is recommended that you make an appointment with the Clerk/Returning Officer, who can be reached at 519-326-5761 or by email at

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.

Registration Information

An individual, corporation or trade union may register as a third party by filing a Notice of Registration at the Municipal Building, in the Municipality of Leamington, 111 Erie Street North, Leamington, Ontario during regular office hours, beginning Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8:30 AM. The Notice of Registration may not be faxed, mailed or emailed, as an original signature is required. 

The individual filing the Notice of Registration will be required to present proof of identity as well as a declaration of qualification signed by the individual or by a representative of the corporation or trade union, as the case may be. 

Note: Notices of Registration are public documents and are available for inspection at the Clerk's Office. 



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