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2022 Municipal Election

Become a Registered
Third Party Advertiser

The Municipal Elections Act includes rules for third party advertising. A third party advertisement is any ad that promotes, supports or opposes a candidate in an election.

If a person, corporation or trade union intends to spend money between May 2, 2022, and election day on advertisements or other materials that support, promote or oppose a candidate in the municipal election, or a question on the ballot, they are required to register as a third party advertiser with the City Clerk.

Registration Period

The registration period for a third party advertiser for the 2022 Municipal Election is between May 2, 2022 to October 21, 2022. Registration must be filed in person or by an agent at Legislative Services Branch located at City Hall, 70 Collier Street.

It is important to note that third party advertisers and candidates may not spend money on a campaign, accept contributions or begin advertising until the City Clerk certifies your registration.​

Information Sessions

The City of Barrie is hosting two virtual information sessions for all prospective candidates and third-party advertisers to learn more about the nomination and registration process. Anyone interested in running in the 2022 Municipal Election for Mayor, Council member or school board trustee or registering as a third-party advertiser is invited to attend the following information sessions.

Wed. April 27, at 6pm

The session covered City of Barrie policies, procedures, and by-law information pertaining to prospective candidates and the third-party advertiser registration process. View the presentation and/or read the questions and answers from the session.

Wed. June 15, at 6pm

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) will review the Municipal Elections Act and provide information on becoming a candidate or third-party advertiser in a municipal election. Register to attend the June 15 session.


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

  • An individual who is normally a resident in Ontario;
  • A corporation that carries on business in Ontario; and
  • 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 whose nomination has been filed under section 33 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996;
  • 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; and
  • The Crown in right of Canada or Ontario, a municipality or local board.

Third Party Advertiser Forms

The following forms must be completed by the advertiser.

  1. Notice of Registration–Third Party
  2. Financial Statement–Auditor's Report Third Party
  3. Declaration of Qualification TPA–Individual, Declaration of Qualification TPA–Corporation or Declaration of Qualification TPA–Trade Union
  4. Freedom of Information (FOI) Release Form
  5. Third Party Advertiser Materials Acknowledgement

Advertisement Requirements

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; and
  • Telephone number, mailing address or email address at which the registered third party advertiser may be contacted regarding the advertisement.

Registered Third Party Advertisers

The registration period for a third party advertiser for the 2022 Municipal Election is between May 2, 2022 to October 21, 2022. Once registered, details will be contained in the table below.

NameDate RegisteredContact Information

Frequently Asked Questions

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
Who can register as a third party advertiser?

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.

Do campaign finance rules apply to third party advertisers?

Yes, campaign finance rules for third party advertisers are similar to the rules for candidates.

  • Third party advertisers have spending limits and there are contribution limits for those wishing to contribute to a third party advertiser.
  • Corporations and trade unions are permitted to make contributions to third party advertisers, but are not permitted to make contributions to candidates.
  • The maximum contribution from a single contributor is $1,200 to a registered third party advertiser and $5,000 to two or more registered third parties advertisers in a municipality.
How much does it cost to register as a third party advertiser?

There is no registration fee for third party advertisers.

Where can I find a list of registered third party advertisers?

A list of registered third party advertisers will be made available on the this webpage.

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