Municipal Election Campaigns
What are the Rules for Campaign Fundraising and Expenses?
Every Council is required to have a Campaign Contributions and Election Expenses Bylaw in place at least 90 days before the election. For the 2018 election, the timeline is September 5th, 2018, as the date was extended by Ministerial Order.
The Campaign Contributions and Election Expenses Bylaw Regulations set out the rules for a municipality’s bylaw. Many municipalities will address these rules in their “Municipal Election Bylaw.”
The bylaw must establish:
- who can contribute to an election campaign
- the limits on campaign contributions;
- the disclosure requirements for campaign contributions;
- the election expenses limits for candidates for mayor and councillor; and
- the disclosure requirements for election expenses for each candidate
What are the reporting requirements for Candidates?
For the 2018 municipal elections, certain aspects of the Campaign Contributions and Election Expenses Bylaw Regulations (CCEEB Regulations) will be in force. Candidates must:
- Keep complete and proper accounting records of their campaign contributions and election expenses.
- Disclose all contributions received and election expenses incurred.
- File a disclosure statement of their contributions and expenses with the Municipal Electoral Officer (MEO) or the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) within two months of the election.
- Not accept anonymous campaign contributions.
Where do I file a Disclosure Statement of Campaign Contributions and Election Expenses?
All candidates, whether elected or not, must file a Disclosure Statement of their Campaign Contributions and Election Expenses (being developed). The disclosure statement must be filed within two months of the election with the MEO or the CAO (if the MEO is no longer appointed).
Where can I find a Candidate Disclosure Statement?
The CAO must ensure that each disclosure statement of every candidate (whether elected or note) is posted on the municipal website for a period of at least six months.
The CAO must prepare a report that summarizes the disclosure statements of each candidate (whether elected or not). For the 2018 election, the report must note any candidate who has:
- failed to file their disclosure statement
The CAO must ensure that the summary report of disclosure statements is:
- submitted to council, and
- posted in the municipality or on the municipal website for at least six months.