City Clerk / Director of
Legislative & Court Services
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
Municipal Elections Act, 1996
The Municipal Elections Act now includes rules for third party advertising. A third party advertisement is any ad that promotes, supports or opposes a candidate in an election. Updates will be made to this page as new information becomes available.
A third party advertiser (any individual, corporation or trade union that causes an election campaign advertisement to appear) is required to register with the City Clerk of the municipality where they want to advertise. Registration is open May 1–October 19, 2018. To become a third party advertiser, you must register with the City Clerk:
The following forms must be completed by the third party advertiser:
Your registration must be filed in person or by an agent at Legislative & Court Services (1st Floor City Hall, 70 Collier Street, Barrie)
Please note: You may not spend money on your campaign, accept contributions or begin advertising until the City Clerk certifies your registration.
You are eligible to register as a third party advertiser if you are:
You are not eligible to register as a third party advertiser if you are:
Third party advertisers must identify themselves and provide mandatory information on all advertising beginning May 1 until the close of voting on October 22, 2018. Third party advertisements must contain the following information:
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:
Individuals, corporations and trade unions can register as third party advertisers and can also make contributions to registered third party advertisers.
Candidates cannot register as a third party advertiser, and cannot direct a third party advertiser.
Yes, campaign finance rules for third party advertisers are similar to the rules for candidates.
There is no registration fee for third party advertisers.
A list of registered third party advertisers will be made available on the this webpage.
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