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The Election Financing Act
This is an unofficial archived version.
This version was current from June 14, 2012 to February 20, 2013.

Note: It does not reflect any retroactive amendment enacted after February 20, 2013.
To find out if an amendment is retroactive, see the coming-into-force provisions
at the end of the amending Act.

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Part 1:     Chief Electoral Officer

1-3   [not yet in force]

Part 2:     Registration of Political Parties and Candidates

4-19   [not yet in force]

Part 3:     Financial Officers, Official Agents and Auditors

20-30   [not yet in force]

Part 4:     Contributions

31-39   [not yet in force]

Part 5:     Transfers

40-43   [not yet in force]

Part 6:     Loans

44-49   [not yet in force]

Part 7:     Election Expenses

50-56   [not yet in force]

Part 8:     Advertising

57-61   [not yet in force]

Part 9:     Financial Reporting

62-72   [not yet in force]

Part 10:     Reimbursement of Election Expenses

73-77   [not yet in force]

Part 11:     Annual Allowance for Registered Parties

78   Definitions

79   Annual allowance

80   Appointing an allowance commissioner

81   Decision on allowance and regulations

Part 12:     Third Party Spending

82-91   [not yet in force]

Part 13:     Restrictions on Government Advertising

92-94   [not yet in force]

Part 14:     Compliance and Enforcement

95-104   [not yet in force]

Part 15:     Administration of this Act

105-114   [not yet in force]

Part 16:     Dictionary of Defined Terms

115   Definitions

Part 17:     Commencement and Other Matters

116-120   [not yet in force]

121   Repeal

122   [not yet in force]

123   Coming into force


Information Note

This Act governs the financing of provincial elections in Manitoba.

Words and phrases that have defined meanings in this Act are found in the dictionary in Part 16.

Each Part begins with an overview that explains what the Part is about. Information notes are also included to indicate other information or rules that the reader might find helpful. This note is one of them.

Neither the overviews nor the information notes have any legal effect.



Parts 1 to 10 [not yet in force]




78   Definitions

79   Annual allowance

80   Appointing an allowance commissioner

81   Decision on allowance and regulations


Registered parties are entitled to receive an annual allowance. The amount of the allowance is determined by a commissioner.


The following definitions apply in this Part.

"allowance" means the allowance referred to in section 79. (« allocation »)

"allowance commissioner" means the person appointed under section 80. (« commissaire aux allocations »)


For 2012 and each year afterwards, registered parties are entitled to receive an annual allowance to assist them in defraying their administrative and certain operating costs, including costs incurred in complying with this Act.


(1) — LG in C to appoint allowance commissioner

Within three months after this section comes into force, and within six months after each general election afterwards, the Lieutenant Governor in Council is to appoint a commissioner to decide on the amount of the allowance.

(2) — Consultation with leaders

An appointment may be made only after consultation with the leaders of the registered parties.


(1) — Decisions

The allowance commissioner must decide the following:

(a) the amounts to be paid to registered parties as an allowance, or how those amounts are to be determined,

(b) when the allowance is to be paid, and whether it is to be paid once each year or in instalments,

(c) whether the allowance is to be adjusted for changes in the cost of living or for any other reason and, if so, when and how,

(d) any related matter the allowance commissioner considers necessary or desirable.

(2) — Factors

In deciding on the amounts of an allowance, the allowance commissioner may consider any factors the commissioner considers relevant, including the following:

(a) the expenses that parties incur for administration and operating costs (others than for advertising and polling), including the costs of complying with this Act,

(b) how much public support a registered party has, as determined by the number of votes the party received in the last general election, the number of seats held, the number of candidates endorsed in the last general election, or any other factor or combination of factors the commissioner considers appropriate.

(3) — Consultation

The allowance commissioner may consult with interested individuals and groups before making his or her decisions.

(4) — Report to Assembly

Within three months after being appointed, the allowance commissioner must submit a report to the Speaker setting out his or her decisions under this section. The Speaker may extend that period.

The Speaker must table a copy of the allowance commissioner's report in the Assembly on any of the first 15 days on which the Assembly is sitting after the Speaker receives the report.

(5) — Regulations

Without delay after submitting the report to the Speaker, the allowance commissioner must make regulations to implement his or her decisions. The regulation may provide for any transitional matters the allowance commissioner considers appropriate.

The regulations made by the first allowance commissioner come into force on January 1, 2012. The regulations made by a subsequent commissioner come into force on January 1 following election day for the last general election.

The Regulations Act does not apply to regulations made under this section, but the regulations must be published in Part I of The Manitoba Gazette and on the Elections Manitoba website.

Parts 12 to 16 [not yet in force]




116-120   [not yet in force]

121   Repeal

122   [not yet in force]

123   Coming into force


116-120   [not yet in force]

121     REPEAL

Sections 70.2 to 70.4 of The Elections Finances Act, R.S.M. 1987, c. E32, are repealed on the day this Act receives royal assent.

The remaining provisions of that Act are repealed on a day or days to be fixed by proclamation.

122   [not yet in force]


Part 11 and section 121 come into force on the day this Act receives royal assent.

The remaining provisions of this Act come into force on a day or days to be fixed by proclamation.