After an election, all political parties and authorized independent candidates must file a return of election expenses. The Chief Electoral Officer will audit all the returns to ensure that political financing rules are respected.
Candidates must submit their return of election expenses no later than 90 days following polling day.
Following the 2018 general election, 960 returns of election expenses will be audited. Candidates in this election must file their return by December 31, 2018, and political parties by January 29, 2019.
At his own initiative or upon receiving a complaint, the Chief Electoral Officer can initiate an inquiry to identify any violations of the Election Act and take the appropriate legal actions. Although the institution headed independently by the Chief Electoral Officer remains on the outlook, the vigilance and assistance of citizens and election officials in the field can play a decisive role. You can report any political financing irregularities by calling our tip line, at 1-855-644-9529. All information provided is treated in the strictest confidence.