Ontario 3rd-party election ad spending limits kick in 6 months before campaign - 2017-10-29
The start of Ontario's election campaign is a little over six months away, but the battle for voters' hearts and minds is already being waged as a new advertising landscape looms.
Both the province's political parties and the special interest groups known as third parties will, for the first time, have caps on how much money they can spend on advertising starting Nov. 9 — six months before the writ drops.
For third parties, who have wielded considerable influence in previous elections, this will be the first time they have any spending maximums at all, including during the campaign itself. Until the rules changed this year, Ontario was the only jurisdiction in Canada to regulate third-party election advertising but impose no limits on it.