Laws in Ontario have changed significantly with respect to election financing. Unions, and all other organizations, are completely banned from supporting political parties, candidates and riding associations with money or any other material or in-kind donation. This includes paying for time-release for members to work on a campaign, lending furniture, or even donating extra pencils. Unions may continue to spend whatever monies they choose to engage their members in the election process.
There are also changes to third party advertising. According to Elections Ontario, “a third party is any person or entity that is not a political party, candidate or constituency association, and that engages in political advertising. Third parties include corporations, partnerships, unincorporated businesses and associations, and many other groups.” OSSTF/FEESO’s Provincial Office will be registering as a third party.
Individuals may continue to donate directly to political parties, candidates and riding associations. The chart below outlines the new individual limits.