If you are a third party, you have new reporting requirements for the October 2019 general election. As before, every registered third party must submit a Third Party Electoral Campaign Return within four months after election day. But you might also have to submit interim reports as early as July 2019. This module outlines a third party’s reporting requirements. Which third parties need to submit interim reports to Elections Canada? If a third party: received contributions totalling $10,000 or more for regulated activities or spent $10,000 or more on regulated activities, either for the pre-election period or for the election period then the third party must submit up to four interim reports. The number of reports depends on when the third party reaches the $10,000 threshold. For example, let’s say you received a $25,000 contribution in 2018 for the 2019 general election. In early 2019 you spent $5,000 to design advertising that will be distributed during the pre-election period. You must register with Elections Canada on the first day of the pre-election period, June 30, and submit your first interim report five days later. Once a third party starts filing interim reports, it must file all remaining interim reports. The reports list the contributions received since the last general election and the expenses incurred for regulated activities that take place during the pre-election period or election period. Each report includes only transactions not previously reported. After the election, every registered third party must submit a Third Party Electoral Campaign Return within four months. Third parties must keep documents their financial transactions. These include invoices, bank statements, deposit slips and cancelled cheques. Elections Canada might request these documents during the review of a third party’s returns. Please consult the Political Financing Handbook for Third Parties on the Elections Canada website for details about third party activities, prohibitions and reporting obligations.