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Ontario Passes Legislation to Transform Political Fundraising

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Ontario Passes Legislation to Transform Political Fundraising

Province Changing the Way Political Parties Raise and Spend Money

Government House Leader's Office

Today, Ontario passed legislation that will make the province's election financing system among the strongest and most transparent in Canada.

The Election Finances Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016 includes new rules about who can make contributions and how much they can donate, and creates restrictions on attendance at fundraisers for politicians and their staff.

Key measures include:

  • Banning MPPs, candidates, party leaders, nomination contestants, leadership contestants and many political staff from attending political fundraising events
  • Banning corporations, unions and other groups not affiliated with political parties from making political donations
  • Reducing the total amount individuals can donate by almost 90 per cent -- from $33,250 to a maximum of $3,600 in an election year.

The rules will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Together with the Electoral Boundaries Act, 2015 and the proposed Election Statute Law Amendment Act, 2016, this bill builds on the government's plan to transform provincial elections in Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • The measures in this bill will come into effect Jan. 1, 2017 and will apply to both the 2018 general election and any by-election that takes place.
  • Next to Quebec, Ontario already has the lowest spending limit per voter for political parties during an election period in Canada.

Background Information

Quotes

“These reforms mean Ontario will have one of the strongest and most transparent election financing systems in the country. We have delivered on our commitment to bring in clear and fair election finance rules that the people of Ontario can have confidence in.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“We’re changing the way politics is done in Ontario. With stronger, more comprehensive election finance rules, we’ve taken a meaningful step to build more trust in our entire election system – and faith in our democracy.”

Yasir Naqvi

Attorney General and Government House Leader

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