Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

Act current to 2017-11-20 and last amended on 2016-01-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Spending limit
  •  (1) Subject to section 351.1, a third party shall not incur election advertising expenses of a total amount of more than $150,000 in relation to a general election.

  • Marginal note:Spending limit — electoral district

    (2) Not more than $3,000 of the total amount referred to in subsection (1) shall be incurred to promote or oppose the election of one or more candidates in a given electoral district, including by

    • (a) naming them;

    • (b) showing their likenesses;

    • (c) identifying them by their respective political affiliations; or

    • (d) taking a position on an issue with which they are particularly associated.

  • Marginal note:Expenses re party leader

    (3) The limit set out in subsection (2) only applies to an amount incurred with respect to a leader of a registered party or eligible party to the extent that it is incurred to promote or oppose his or her election in a given electoral district.

  • Marginal note:Spending limit — by-election

    (4) Subject to section 351.1, a third party shall not incur election advertising expenses of a total amount of more than $3,000 in a given electoral district in relation to a by-election.

  • Marginal note:Uncancellable spending

    (4.1) If a general election is held on a date other than one set out in subsection 56.1(2) or section 56.2, or if a by-election is held, a third party does not incur an election advertising expense if, on the issue of the writ or writs, it is not able to cancel the transmission of that advertising.

  • Marginal note:Third party inflation adjustment factor

    (5) The amounts referred to in subsections (1), (2) and (4) shall be multiplied by the inflation adjustment factor referred to in section 384 that is in effect on the issue of the writ or writs.

  • Marginal note:Election period longer than 37 days

    (6) If an election period is longer than 37 days, then the amounts referred to in subsections (1), (2) and (4) are increased by adding to them the product of

    • (a) one thirty-seventh of the amount referred to in subsection (1), (2) or (4), as the case may be, and

    • (b) the number of days in the election period minus 37.

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 350;
  • 2014, c. 12, s. 78.
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