EDA Insider is a monthly roundup of news and information designed to help Green Party Electoral District Association (EDA) executives keep their membership engaged and active as they prepare for the next election.
As always, your suggestions and comments are welcome! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder - EDA compliance
On May 31 every year, every registered Electoral District Association must provide Elections Canada (EC) with:
An Annual Statement of Registry Information, a General Form for 2021 (EC 20380); EC sends all registered EDAs a package with its registry information each year. EDAs must certify that the registry information is accurate or provide updates.
A Registered Association Financial Transactions Return for 2021 (EC 20081); Through the secure online portal, that includes the following:
association's information and declaration, signed by the financial agent
inflows and outflows, including for voter contact calling services
statement of revenues and expenses
statement of assets and liabilities
An Auditor's report + invoice: (which is only required if the Electoral District Association accepted contributions totalling $10,000 or more, or incurred expenses (excluding transfers) totalling $10,000 or more in 2021).
For information on all reporting requirements for EDAs please follow this link. To access the latest version of “Political Financing Handbook for Electoral District Associations and Financial Agents” click here.
As we all know, EC had problems processing the information they received last year, and some EDAs had to submit their documents more than once. Please copy email@example.com when you submit your documents by email, or advise your organizer to keep us updated.
Reminder - Online training for associations
Elections Canada is committed to bringing you the best training available, even during these unprecedented times. This is why the Virtual Training Centre provides all the information you need to navigate the political financing rules and reporting requirements.
The Virtual Training Centre allows you to:
get free training from your own home, at any time
get tools and resources to help you submit your financial returns
The new training module, Important Information for Registered Associations 2022, provides an overview of the rules applicable to registered associations and their reporting obligations for 2022.
To access your Virtual Training Centre account, follow the steps below:
Go to https://education.elections.ca and log in using the following information:
Username: the email address on file with Elections Canada
Select Political Financing from the My courses tab on the homepage.
Select the desired course.
*Note that your Virtual Training Centre credentials may differ from the ones linked to your PESC account.
If you don’t have an account, fill out the enrolment form to request one.
If you have any questions or technical issues, please contact us at FormationFP-PFTraining@elections.ca.
Triennial confirmation of Members of Political Parties.
Every three years, at the time of the annual update, registered parties and eligible parties shall provide the Chief Electoral Officer with the names and addresses of 250 electors who are members of their party. The Triennial Confirmation exercise is required so that political parties retain their official status.
We need your help ! Could you please print this form, fill it out and sign it, and send it back scanned (a photo works) to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We want to give GPC members, supporters and Electoral District Associations (EDAs) more opportunities to engage in the work of our caucus. To get you started, here are some parliamentary petitions sponsored by Green MPs that you can sign and share.
Stop the privatization of Via Rail Canada (closes May 17)
Decontaminate the G&R Recycling facility in Kanesatake
If you haven’t signed on to these campaigns yet, now is your chance. If you have signed, please share them with your contacts so that they can support them too.
Send a letter to the Environment Minister to Ban Thermal Coal
Fast-track the Canada Disability Benefit
The Green Party Caucus Update newsletter is essential reading for members and supporters who want to follow and support the outstanding work being done by our MPs – parliamentary leader Elizabeth May (Saanich-Gulf Islands) and Mike Morrice (Kitchener Centre).
Make sure your members know about this great resource and encourage them to subscribe using this link.
Cleanup in Ottawa Centre
Volunteers from Ottawa Centre EDA and their canine supporters Darla and Kaia gathered at Patterson Creek Park off the Rideau Canal to pick up trash as part of the annual "Cleaning the Capital" initiative by the City of Ottawa.
The Ottawa Centre EDA makes an effort to participate in this event every year. After a two-year break caused by the pandemic, it was great to get back out as a group and do something for the community. The Green team collected multiple bags of waste and one bag of recycling.
This type of easily organized event has a high payoff for EDA engagement. Some new volunteers joined this year’s effort and expressed interest in participating in future activities. With the nice weather finally here, we look forward to more of these informal events.
Summary of Proposals Passed at VGM Phase 1 and 2
You will find the list of every motion passed at VGM Phase 1 and Phase 2 on this webpage.
The Leadership Contest Committee will be making an announcement this month about the rules and timeline for selecting our next leader.
In the meantime, potential contestants are advised not to campaign, fundraise, or make any expenditures until the rules are announced.
Similarly, EDAs are advised not to promote potential contestants as this may violate rules regarding use of party resources.
Green Party in the media
Our interim Leader Amita Kuttner was in Saskatchewan this week for the Reconnection Tour. They held a press conference in Regina with Saskatchewan Green Party Leader Naomi Hunter calling on the Moe government to hit the brakes on nuclear plans for the province.
A sample of the media coverage in Saskatchewan :
Green Party leaders urge Sask. government to halt small modular reactor plans
Sask. government criticized over exploration of SMR technology
'They’re just kicking the climate crisis down the road': Sask. Greens want province to scrap nuclear plan
Media Release: Green Party calls on Moe to hit the brakes on nuclear plans in Saskatchewan
Caucus Town Hall - Wednesday, May 25 at 8pm EST (5pm PST)
All members are invited to attend our first Caucus Town Hall meeting on Wednesday May 25, at 8pm EDT (5pm PST).
Green MPs, Elizabeth May and Mike Morrice, will report to members on the work they have been doing in the House of Commons in the last few months, and will be available to respond to your questions at the end of the meeting.
Click here to RSVP
Invite a Caucus representative to your event
If you would like to invite the interim Leader or a Green MP to your event, fill out this form.
After your request is received, a member of the Mobilizing team will follow up with a response.
GVote training for EDAs on request
If you or members of your EDA want training on GVote, make a request to email@example.com and your organizer will set up a time with you.