Third Party Advertisers

Are you planning to advertise in support of a candidate in the 2020 York Region District School Board Trustee (Wards 1, 2 and 4) By-election? The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 now includes rules for third party advertising.

  • 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 advertiser is any individual, corporation or trade union that causes an election campaign advertisement to appear. A third party advertiser is required to register with the City Clerk of the municipality where they want to advertise before spending any money, accept contributions or begin advertising.  
Third Party Advertiser Eligibility

To become a third party advertiser in the 2020 York Region District School Board Trustee (Wards 1, 2 and 4) By-election, you must register with the Office of the Clerk. The registration period is from Monday, July 20, 2020 until Friday, October 16, 2020.

Until the Office of the Clerk certifies a third party advertiser's registration, no money can be spent on advertisements, the third party advertiser cannot accept contributions, nor can the third party advertiser begin advertising.

Eligible

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
  • A trade union that holds bargaining rights for employees in Ontario
Not Eligible 

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 (Canada) 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

Third party advertisers cannot be under the direction of a candidate whose nomination has been filed.

How to Register as a Third Party Advertiser
Registration for third party advertisers is open from Monday, July 20, 2020 to Friday, October 16, 2020.

To register: 

  • An individual or a representative of a corporation or trade union must file a Notice of Registration Form 7 with Richmond Hill’s City Clerk in person or by an agent.
  • The Notice of Registration Form 7 must have an original signature – it cannot be a copy, nor can it be scanned and submitted electronically.
  • the City Clerk must be satisfied that that the individual, corporation or trade union is eligible in order to certify the registration and may require that identification or additional documents be provided.
  • A person who is filing as the representative of a corporation or a trade union should make sure they can provide proof they are authorized to act on the corporation or trade union’s behalf.
  • There is no registration fee to file as a third party advertiser.
  • If a third party advertiser wants to advertise in more than one municipality, they must register in each municipality where they want to advertise.

Registration must be filed in person or by an agent and appointments are required. Contact the Elections Team at 905-747-6541 or elections@richmondhill.ca to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be held at:

Office of the City Clerk

Ground Floor, 225 East Beaver Creek Road

Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3P4
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Requirements for Third Party Advertisers

Third party advertisers must identify themselves and provide mandatory information on all advertising beginning Monday, July 20, 2020 until the close of voting on Monday, October 19, 2020.

Third party advertisements must contain the following information:

  • Name of the registered third party advertiser
  • The municipality where the third party advertiser is registered
  • Telephone number, mailing address or email address at which the registered third party advertiser may be contacted regarding the advertisement
Spending Limits for Third Party Advertisers
Spending limits apply to registered third parties during the 2020 York Region District School Board Trustee (Wards 1, 2 and 4) By-election. Contact the Elections Team at 905-747-6541 or elections@richmondhill.ca for further information.
List of Registered Third Party Advertisers
There are no registered third party advertisers for the 2020 By-election at this time. Please check back for regular updates.