A third party is a person or group, other than a political party, candidate or constituency association, that promotes or opposes a registered party or a candidate during the 90-day pre-election period or the election period.
In a general election, election communication expense limits for third parties are set at $100,000 for the pre-election period and $25,000 for the election period. For a byelection, the limit is $5,000.
“Election communication” is a communication to the public by any means during a pre-election period or an election period of a message that promotes or opposes a registered party or a candidate, including one that takes a position on an issue with which a registered party or candidate is associated. It includes advertising.
A third party must register with the CEO immediately after having incurred election communication (advertising) expenses of more than $2,500 in the pre-election or election period. The amount for registration in a byelection is $500.
At the beginning of the year after the year in which a fixed date election was held, the limits are adjusted for inflation using CPI (Consume Price Index).
A third party may not accept a contribution from a registered party, candidate or constituency association.
To review election financial statements for third parties, please choose from the links below.
Paper copies are also available for inspection at Elections Manitoba.