Local Third Party Advertising Rules

Third party advertising sponsors must follow the election advertising rules outlined in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.

Third party advertising is any election advertising published during a campaign period that is not sponsored by a candidate or elector organization.

Third party advertising sponsors in local elections must:

  • register with Elections BC before conducting any advertising,
  • include their name and contact information on all advertising,
  • be independent and not sponsor advertising on behalf of, or together with, a candidate or elector organization,
  • not spend more than the expense limits, and
  • file a disclosure statement.

Campaign and assent voting communications transmitted before the campaign period are not election advertising. These activities are allowed and do not require sponsorship information.

For more information see our Forms, Guides, and Third Party Expense Limits pages, or our factsheet on the history of local third party advertising in B.C.