Referendum TPAs

A Referendum Third Party Advertiser engages in advertising to promote or oppose, or take a position on, an issue associated with a question in a referendum. A Referendum Third Party Advertiser is a person, corporation, or group which is required to register with Elections Alberta when it has incurred or plans to incur expenses of at least $1,000 for referendum advertising, or it has accepted or plans to accept at least $1,000 in referendum advertising contributions.

Two Orders in Council were issued on August 9, 2021, to conduct a referendum vote on the following two questions:

  • Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?
  • Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?

The Referendum Vote will take place on October 18, 2021, in conjunction with the 2021 Alberta Municipal Elections.


Registered Referendum TPAs

Referendum Third Party Advertiser Name Primary Contact Chief Financial Officer Phone Website Registration Date Financial Reporting
Alberta Proud Vitor Marciano Daniel Kary September 27, 2021
Equalization Fairness Alberta Dr. William Bewick Mr. Scott Ellis 780.996.6019 www.equalizationreferendum.ca August 12, 2021
Society of Albertans Against Equalization Gianfranco Terrazzano Melanie Harvey 403.918.3532 fightequalization.com August 12, 2021
Vote Yes To End Equalization Inc. Mr. Michael J Bowerman Mrs. Catherine L. Smith endequalizationnow.ca August 10, 2021

Last Updated: September 28, 2021


Deregistered Referendum TPAs

There are currently no deregistered Referendum TPAs.


Contributions

A registered Referendum TPA can accept advertising contributions from persons ordinarily resident in Alberta and corporations, employee organizations, and groups operating within Alberta.

The TPA chief financial officer is responsible for issuing official contribution receipts for contributions received. Contributions to TPAs are not eligible to be claimed for tax credits.

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Fundraising Events

A registered Referendum TPA or anyone acting on their behalf can hold events to raise funds. Examples of fundraising events include a luncheon, meet & greet, rally, golf tournament, silent auction etc. Rules apply on who can pay to attend or who can donate/bid at a silent auction.

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Expense Limits

A registered Referendum TPA can spend a maximum of $530,342 during the referendum advertising period.

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Filing Deadlines

Referendum TPAs must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing weekly contribution reports every Thursday during the referendum advertising period, and by filing a referendum advertising return within 6 months after election day. Failure to meet a filing deadline results in a late filing fee of $500.

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Financial Reporting

Referendum TPA contributions and expenses information will be posted on Elections Alberta’s financial reporting website as filing dates occur and filings are received.


Online Financial System (OFS)

Registered TPA primary contacts and chief financial officers are granted access to Elections Alberta’s secure Online Financial System (OFS) to enter and submit financial reports.

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