Leadership Contest Guide

2022 GPC Leadership Contest Guide

This document is intended for use by Leadership Contestants as a supplementary support document to the official rules of the 2022 Green Party of Canada Leadership Contest (“Rules”). In cases of discrepancy between this Guide and the Rules, the Rules will prevail.

Motion: With immediate effect consolidate Campaign Round One and Campaign Round Two into one, single, campaign round with a voting period to begin at 12:00 PM Eastern Time on November 12, 2022 and end at 3:30 PM Eastern Time on November 19, 2022. All effectual deadlines in the Leadership Contest Rules to be realigned to reflect this change (Ie: New member cut off deadlines for voting “All Party Members in good standing as of 11:59 PM Pacific Time on October 19th, 2022 are eligible to vote.”

Support For Leadership Contestants

Leadership Contest Committee

General Leadership Contest inquiries and application questions can be submitted to leadership.contest@greenparty.ca. For clarifications on the Rules see the Leadership Contest Arbiter section below.

Leadership Contest Committee Members are appointed by Federal Council and subject to change during the Leadership Contest. At the time of publishing this guide they are:

  • Natalie Odd (Co-Chair) - Federal Councilor - Alberta Representative
  • Michael MacLean (Co Chair)  - Federal Councilor - PEI Representative
  • Lorraine Rekmans (ex officio) - GPC President
  • John Willson - GPC Fund - Co-President
  • Dana Taylor (ex officio) - Interim Executive Director
  • Kim Bell - Federal Councilor - Newfoundland and Labrador Representative
  • Thomas Boysen - Federal Councilor - Saskatchewan Representative
  • Adrian Currie - Member and Formerly the Ontario Representative on Federal Council

Leadership Contest Arbiters

Federal Council has appointed a 3 member Leadership Contest Arbiter body to provide clarification on the Rules and make rulings on any violations of the Rules. They are also responsible for ruling on appeals regarding applicant eligibility. 

Requests for clarification on the Rules may be directed to the Leadership Contest Arbiters by email: lca.contest@greenparty.ca. On the ‘Rule Clarifications’ webpage you can find a webform to request clarification and find responses to all rule clarification requests provided by the Leadership Contest Arbiters. Please check this webpage prior to submitting a request to the Leadership Contest Arbiters. 

Submitting a complaint, regarding a suspected violation of the Rules, to the Leadership Contest Arbiters can be completed through the online form provided here. Compliance rulings can be viewed here.

Members of the Leadership Contest Arbiter body are appointed by Federal Council and subject to change during the Leadership Contest.

Contestant Support

If your application is approved and you become a Leadership Contest Contestant you are provided with the contact information for Contestant Support. With the exception of financial matters they will be your designated contact to provide a familiar source of guidance throughout your involvement in the Leadership Contest. 

An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion information session will be offered to all Leadership Contestants. 

Leadership Contestants may participate in weekly Leadership Contest Meetings with Contestant Support personnel, one or more Leadership Contest Committee members, and other Contestants. 

GPC will maintain a repository of all pertinent questions and answers available to all Leadership Contestants. The purpose of this repository will be to provide all Contestants with better clarity and understanding of the Leadership Contest. It will include Rule clarifications and compliance rulings made by the Leadership Contest Arbiter. Certain information or questions may be omitted if they include personal information or if the Leadership Contest Arbiter concludes they are not relevant to other Contestants. The repository will be held in a private online folder accessible to Contestants, Contestant Support volunteers, GPC Staff, and members of the Leadership Contest Committee and the Leadership Contest Arbiter. 

Financial Information Support

If your Leadership Contest application is approved and you become a Contestant, you and your Financial Agent will be provided with a contact for financial inquiries. GPC communication with a Financial Agent is deemed to be communication with the Contestant. GPC Staff and volunteers are unable to and will not respond to inquiries regarding Elections Canada rules.

Elections Canada

It is the Contestant’s responsibility to understand and ensure their campaign abides by all Elections Canada rules. Review the Elections Canada Political Financing Handbook for Leadership Contestants and Financial Agents (EC 20195) and the Elections Canada website.

Elections Canada has a dedicated line to support political entities, including Leadership Contestants and their Financial Agents. The line is open Monday to Friday 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) at 1-800-486-6563, TTY: 1-800-361-8935. For political financing questions: political.financing@elections.ca

Getting Started

To avoid compliance issues, it is essential for you to be aware of your responsibilities as a prospective Leadership Contestant and the responsibilities of your Financial Agent. Before applying to enter the Contest, applicants should familiarize themselves with the Leadership Contest Rules, this Leadership Contest Guide, the Elections Canada Political Financing Handbook for Leadership Contestants and Financial Agents, the GPC Members Code of Conduct, and the GPC Constitution.

Before submitting your application, you will need to have a Financial Agent, an Auditor and a campaign bank account. Contact your chosen financial institution and confirm what documentation they require to open a political campaign account.

Fundraising and Campaign Spending before the Announcement of Contestants

Fundraising by Applicants before the announcement of all Contestants is limited to raising the $1,000 Contest application fee and the costs necessary to submit a complete application. A 50% contest support fee will be applied to all donations other than a Contestant’s own contributions. 

Applicants to the Leadership Contest may contribute a maximum of $2,000 dollars to their own campaign whether the contribution is a donation or a loan. Note section 364(1) of the Canada Elections Act, which states: 

“364 (1) Any money that is used for a nomination contestant’s, a candidate’s or a leadership contestant’s campaign out of their own funds is a contribution for the purposes of this Act.” 

Campaign spending prior to the announcement of all Contestants is prohibited except for payment of the application fee and the costs necessary to submit a complete application.

Once all Contestants have been announced, see Rule 9.9, there will be a page on the GPC website where people may donate to your campaign: greenparty.ca/leader-donate or partivert.ca/chefferie-donner

Collecting Nominations

Applicants must collect and submit along with their application, 100 signed nominations from Party members, including at least 20 Young Greens (members under the age of 30) and at least 20 members living in a region other than your own. It is the responsibility of the Applicant to collect nominations and to submit the signed nomination forms to the Leadership Contest Committee. 

Applications may be submitted by mail or electronically. Photocopies and scanned documents are acceptable as long as all information is clearly legible. Digital signatures will not be accepted. Please ensure Young Greens include their date of birth (if you wish them to be counted as a Young Green nominator). Only one person can witness signatures on a single page. The witness must be 14 years or older but does not need to be a GPC member. It is recommended that you submit more than the minimum number of nominations in case any nomination is deemed invalid.

Applying:

Submitting your application:

The application form is a fillable PDF document. You can submit your application either by: 

  • Completing the form electronically, physically signing the declaration, and emailing it to leadership.contest@greenparty.ca along with the remainder of your application documents. 
  • Printing the form and completing it by hand then either: 
  1. scanning the form and emailing it to leadership.contest@greenparty.ca, or 
  2. mailing the form to: Green Party of Canada, PO Box 997, Station B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R1, along with the remainder of your application documents.

Please ensure your application is complete. Your complete application will include: 

  • A completed application form
  • Nomination sheets confirming nominations from at least 100 Party members in ‘Good Standing’ as of the date your application is submitted. 
  • At least 20 of your nominations must be from Young Greens.
  • At least 20 of your nominators must live in a region other than the region you live in.
  • Your $1,000 non-refundable application fee
    • By cheque made payable to “Green Party of Canada Fund” with the Applicant's Name in the memo field and mailed to: Green Party of Canada, PO Box 997, Station B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R1 or
    • By e-transfer to finance@greenparty.ca. The e-transfer must include the name of the Applicant and the purpose of the transfer (ie, Jean Grey campaign, application fee) 
  • Copy of one piece of government-issued photo identification

2022 GPC Leadership Contest Language Proficiency Requirement

Contest applicants, Indigenous applicants exempted, are required to demonstrate proficiency in both English and French, Canada’s two official languages, at level B2 of the Common Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 

For equity and fairness, all applicants, except Indigenous applicants, must complete testing in both official languages, regardless of their maternal language(s).

At level B2, a speaker can

  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. 
  • take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining their views.
  • present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to their field of interest; can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar; can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes; can understand the majority of films in standard dialect.

Official Languages Testing Process

Within 5 business days of GPC receiving a Contest application, applicants meeting all eligibility requirements will be contacted by a third-party language testing provider, Alliance Française Calgary (AFC), to set up two on-line tests:

1) an on-line listening, reading, grammar & vocabulary test in English (approx. 35 minutes)

2) an on-line listening, reading, grammar & vocabulary test in French (approx. 35 minutes)

After the on-line tests are completed, AFC will arrange with the applicant two spoken tests:

1) a Zoom or telephone conversation / speaking test with an English language instructor (approx. 20 minutes)

2) a Zoom or telephone conversation / speaking test with a French language instructor (approx. 20 minutes) 

Immediately following the completion of the final of the four tests, AFC will provide a test report with the candidate’s level in the four language skills in both languages, to both the applicant and to the GPC Leadership Contest Committee. 

GPC will cover the cost of testing in each language. If an applicant would like to re-take any test one time, they may do that at their own expense.   

All tests in both languages must be completed by August 15th. Equity seeking applicants who submit an application after August 5, 2022 must complete all tests in both languages by August 18, 2022.

Due to services being provided by a third party, the language testing process is subject to change.

Vetting

Once the Leadership Contest Committee determines that your application is complete, it will forward your application to an external vetter. You will be notified when your application has moved to the vetting stage. 

Vetting will include: 

  • Criminal Record Check 
  • Credit Bureau Check
  • Employment and Reference Verification Check
  • Social Media Search

Application and Applicant vetting will begin as soon as possible after an application has been determined to be complete. Application vetting will take place between June 29 and August 15, 2022. August 25, 2022 is the end date for researching and assessing applications for equity seeking applicants.

The Applicant must remain available during this period to answer any additional questions that may arise during the application review and vetting process. Failure to respond in a timely manner may delay completion of the vetting process, or in your application being assessed only on the available information. Completing the vetting process is required to determine your eligibility. 

Rejection

If an Applicant does not fulfill the eligibility requirements, the Applicant will receive a decision letter stating which requirement(s) were not met, and the basis for this decision, referencing the applicable Rule. 

An Applicant assessed to be ineligible may appeal the Leadership Contest Committee’s decision to the Leadership Contest Arbiters within 48 hours of being notified of the decision, as set out in Rule 9.7. The Leadership Contest Arbiter will process the appeal within 7 days. Leadership Contest Arbiter decisions are final. One method of contacting the Leadership Contest Arbiters for the purposes of submitting an eligibility appeal is by email: lca.contest@greenparty.ca

Approval

If your application is approved, and you are currently a member of Federal Council, Young Greens of Canada Council, Shadow Cabinet, the GPC Fund Board, hold any other office within the Green Party of Canada, or are a member of any standing or ad hoc Committee of the Party, you must resign your position within 48 hours of being notified of the approval of your application and prior to registering as a Leadership Contestant with Elections Canada.

Registering with Elections Canada

If your application is approved, the next step is to register with Elections Canada. Complete LEADERSHIP CONTESTANT'S STATEMENT OF CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE CONTEST (elections.ca), and General Form - Registered Party Leadership Contestant - EC 20371 before submitting them to Elections Canada. Once your portion is completed on General Form - Registered Party Leadership Contestant - EC 20371, return it to the Leadership Contest Committee. The form will be forwarded to the GPC Fund to be signed by the Party’s Official Agent. It will be returned to you for submission to Elections Canada. Contestants will be announced on August 31, 2022. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documentation is provided to Elections Canada with enough time to be processed by August 30, 2022. August 29 is the deadline to receive certification as a GPC approved Leadership Contest Contestant from the GPC Official Agent. The deadline for equity-seeking Approved Applicants, applying after August 5, 2022, to register with Elections Canada is September 8, 2022.

Press Release, Website, Member Emails

At the start of Campaign Round One, GPC will send out a press release announcing the names of all Leadership Contestants including a 120-word bio for each Contestant. Each Contestant will provide their own bio which is to include biographical information only. Any policy positions or sloganeering will be deleted. To ensure fairness, the same press release template will be used for each Contestant. 

A profile, based on the information provided in your application, will be set up for you on the GPC website, including your bio, photograph, and links to your campaign website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Contestants can submit profile updates every 14 days. Staff will work with you to set up a Green Party email account for your campaign. 

Contestants may submit information messages to be sent in Party emails to members. They may include: one (1) photo and a message not exceeding 350 words in English or 425 words in French. A schedule of messages to members will be provided to Contestants. 

Fundraising and Application Fee

Fundraising by Applicants before the announcement of all Contestants is only permitted to raise the $1,000 non-refundable application fee and the costs associated with submitting a completed application. Campaign spending prior to the announcement of all Contestants is not permitted except for the payment of the non-refundable application fee and the costs of submitting a completed application.

Applicants and Contestants in the Leadership Contest may donate up to a maximum of $2,000 dollars to their own campaign. They may acquire this amount in loans limited to a maximum of $2,000 dollars. The contest support fee is not applied to a Contestant’s own contributions. 

Note section 364(1) of the Canada Elections Act, which states: 

364 (1) Any money that is used for a nomination contestant’s, a candidate’s or a leadership contestant’s campaign out of their own funds is a contribution for the purposes of this Act.” 

50% of all monetary contributions received by a Leadership Contestant must be forwarded to the Green Party of Canada Fund within 10 days of their confirmed registration with Elections Canada. When you are registered with Elections Canada, a unique donation page will be created for your campaign.

Directed Contributions

All monetary contributions to individual Contestants must be given as “directed contributions”. A directed contribution is a contribution made to The Green Party of Canada, with a request from the contributor that the amount, or part of it, be transferred to a particular leadership contestant. 

Once all Contestants have been announced, see Rule 9.10, there will be a page on the GPC website where people may donate to your campaign: greenparty.ca/leader-donate or partivert.ca/chefferie-donner. Donors must use this page to submit their directed contributions to candidates unless they contribute by cheque or cash.

 If contributing by cheque, donors must make the cheque payable to the “Green Party of Canada Fund” with the Contestants name in the memo field. Cash contributions must be accompanied by a letter with the contact information of the contributor and the name of the contestant they are directing the contribution to. 

Cheques and the cash contribution letters are to be scanned and emailed to finance@greenparty.ca.

Contributions by cheque and cash, with the supporting donor information letter and candidate name, are to be mailed to the GPC Fund within 7 days of receipt.

Green Party of Canada Fund Mailing Address:

Green Party of Canada
PO Box 997, Station B
Ottawa, ON 
K1P 5R1

GPC will acknowledge the receipt of mailed-in documents on receipt. The GPC will issue tax receipts for all directed contributions.

There is a 50% contest support fee on all directed contributions. Contestants will receive 50% of all directed contributions made in their name to the GPC/GPC Fund each week. Directed contributions made by cash or cheque will be dispersed to contestants, minus the 50% contest support fee, within 10 business days of being received by the GPC.

Contestants will be provided with the names, contact information, and donation amounts of directed contributions on a weekly basis. 

If an Applicant is found to be ineligible, or if a Contestant is removed from, or withdraws from the Leadership Contest, they must notify the donors of any contributions that have not yet been provided to the GPC/GPC Fund. These funds must either be returned to the donor or transferred to the GPC/GPC Fund with auditable financial records within 30 days of the non-approval, withdrawal, or removal.

Ticketed Fundraising

If the Contestant holds a ticketed fundraising event where a portion of the ticket price is a benefit, the Contestant must inform the Party of

  1. The amount of the benefit (with supporting documentation) and; 
  2. All directed contributions that are impacted by the benefit. 

The Party will ensure the contributor has not contributed above their annual limit and receives the proper tax receipt. This information is to be reported to the Party within 48 hours of the event. 

For more information on Ticketed Fundraising, please see the Elections Canada handbook. 

Application Fee Payment

Directed contributions will always be retained at 50% unless the contestant instructs the Party to retain the contributions at 100%. No other percentage will be administered. 

The Application Fee must be paid using one or more of the following options: 

  • Funds transferred from the Contestant’s campaign bank account to the Party by cheque or e-transfer;
  • Newly directed contributions retained by the Party at 100%; 

Cheques are payable to the “Green Party of Canada Fund” with the Applicant's name and reason for the payment (ie Jean Grey campaign, for application fee) in the Memo field and paid with funds from the Applicant’s Campaign Bank account. Cheques are to be mailed to:

Green Party of Canada
PO Box 997, Station B
Ottawa, ON 
K1P 5R1

E-transfers will be accepted at finance@greenparty.ca. The e-transfer must include the name of the Applicant and the purpose of the transfer (ie, Jean Grey campaign, application fee) and funds must come from the Applicants Campaign Bank account. The application fee is a campaign expense. E-transfers will not be accepted from individual contributors.

Example 1: 

Application Fee owed: $1,000 
Campaign Bank Account: $0

Eligible contributors contribute $1,000 to the Applicant’s campaign. The Applicant, having received $1,000 in contributions, will mail a Cheque for $1,000 to Green Party of Canada Fund, from the Applicant’s Campaign Bank account, to PO Box 997, Station B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R1 or send an E-Transfer for $1,000, from the Applicant’s Campaign Bank account, to finance@greenparty.ca at the time of submitting their application. Once notified of receipt of payment the Application Fee has been paid in full.

After forwarding contributions to the GPC, a contest support fee of 50% ($500) would normally be retained by the party and it would transfer the remaining $500 to a Contestant’s account, but prior to becoming a Contestant, an Applicant will apply 100% of the contribution to their Application Fee. 

Example 2: 

Application Fee owed: $1,000 
Campaign Bank Account: $1,000

The Applicant has contributed $1,000 to their own campaign. They mail a Cheque for $1,000 to Green Party of Canada Fund, from the Applicant’s Campaign Bank account, to PO Box 997, Station B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R1 or send an E-Transfer for $1,000, from the Applicant’s Campaign Bank account, to finance@greenparty.ca at the time of submitting their application. Once notified of receipt of payment the Application Fee has been paid in full.

The contest support fee of 50% does not apply to contributions the Applicant makes to their own campaign.

Example 3: 

Application Fee owed: $1,000 
Campaign Bank Account: $500

An Applicant has contributed $500 to their own campaign and has received $500 in contributions for eligible contributors. The applicant mails a Cheque for $1,000 to Green Party of Canada Fund, from the Applicant’s Campaign Bank account, to PO Box 997, Station B, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R1 or sends an E-Transfer for $1,000, from the Applicant’s Campaign Bank account, to finance@greenparty.ca at the time of submitting their application. Once notified of receipt of payment the Application Fee has been paid in full.

After forwarding contributions to the GPC, a contest support fee of 50% ($250) would normally be retained by the party and it would transfer the remaining $250 to a Contestant’s account, but prior to becoming a Contestant, an Applicant will apply 100% of the $500 in contributions to their Application Fee. Between the Applicant’s own contribution of $500 and $500 received from eligible contributors they have acquired the $1,000 required for the application fee. 

Green Party of Canada Branding Guidelines

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Signing Up New Members

All Party Members in good standing as of Sept 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time are eligible to vote in Campaign Round One. If a membership lapses after Sept 7, they will still be eligible to vote in Campaign Round One. 

All Party Members in good standing as of 11:59 PM Pacific Time on October 19, 2022 are eligible to vote in Campaign Round Two. If a membership lapses after October 14, they will still be eligible to vote in Campaign Round Two. 

Memberships in the Green Party of Canada are available with a minimum $10 donation ($25 for a three year membership). Individuals under the age of 30 have the option of joining the party as a Young Green member for free. The contributor must indicate they wish to become a member at the time of their contribution. Memberships will not be backdated to previous contributions. Only the head office is able to process membership sign-up forms. 

Here are the acceptable methods for someone to become a member: 

  1. They may call the head office and make a minimum contribution of ten dollars and request a membership. 
  2. They may mail the head office a signed official membership form with a minimum ten dollar contribution. 
  3. They may sign up for a membership on the Green Party of Canada website.

When signing up members in person, keep in mind the following: 

  1. You may wish to have them sign up on the GPC website using a credit card. This will ensure the membership is processed immediately. If you wish the funds to be considered a contribution to your campaign, please make sure they use the appropriate leadership contribution page on the website. 
  2. Ensure you are using the official membership form provided by the Party and it has been filled out properly. 
  3. If you use the membership form, please note that it does not have multiple copies so you'll need a generic receipt form to provide the contributor a copy for their records. Generic receipt booklets are available at most stores that sell basic office supplies. 
  4. The membership start date will be the date the membership form is received by the head office. 

If you have membership forms to mail to the GPC for processing, they must arrive before the office closes at 5 PM Eastern Time on September 14, 2022 (for the first round of voting) or October 19th, 2022 (for the second round of voting). Any membership forms received by the GPC after this time will still be processed but will not be eligible for voting in that round of the Leadership Contest. 

See the GPC Bylaw 1 Membership for membership criteria. 

Leadership Contestants may request confirmation of the status of individual membership and/or directed contributions of an individual by emailing leadership.contest@greenparty.ca. Requests for information must include a reasonable explanation for the request. (ex: “The person told me they had contributed to my campaign but I did not receive the funds. Please confirm you did not miss their directed contribution.” or “This person said they are a member but I do not see them on the list of members you provided.”) 

Supporting Contestants

Outside of the groups and individuals listed in Section 21 of the Leadership Contest Rules and Elections Canada rules, support to leadership contestants is encouraged. Public endorsements and support can come from elected MPs, former leaders, past GPC candidates, Greens elected provincially or municipally, prominent Canadians etc.

Campus Clubs

As campus clubs are not official units of the Party, they are entitled to support or oppose contestants. You must inform the GPC if you are coordinating an event with a campus club so the Party can remain impartial. It is the responsibility of the Contestant to ensure the campus club does not violate any internal or Election Canada rules. 

Members of Parliament (MPs)

MPs are entitled to support or oppose contestants. You must inform the GPC if you are coordinating an event with a current MP so the Party can remain impartial. It is the responsibility of the Contestant to ensure the MP does not violate any internal or Election Canada rules.

Privacy and Compliance

Access to Supporters’ Data 

Information in the Party’s database (GVote) may not be accessed by Applicants to the Leadership Contest or by Contestants, or their campaigns. Leadership Applicants, Contestants and their campaign teams may not use information previously obtained from GVote for any leadership contest purposes. If you use your own database you must follow the GPC’s privacy policy and ensure that you are protecting data and only using it for leadership contest-related matters. 

The Party will provide information on your contributors (including email when available) and will provide Voters Lists as the rules dictate (Section 14).

The Voters List will be provided in the form of a spreadsheet, and will contain the name, phone number (if available), address, riding, membership start/end date and preferred language of each eligible voter.

Voters Lists may only be used by Leadership Contestants and their campaign teams during the Leadership Contest and for the purposes of the Leadership Contest. Contestants must take all reasonable measures to ensure that they and members of their campaign team keep information in the Voters List confidential, in accordance with the GPC Privacy Policy and the Leadership Contest Rules.

A Contestant who has withdrawn or been eliminated from the Leadership Contest must promptly destroy or return to GPC all paper and electronic copies of the Voters List. All Contestants must destroy or return to GPC all copies of the Voters List by December 5, 2022.

If a Contestant is eliminated in Campaign Round One, they may not use the Voters List for any purpose after the close of Campaign Round One voting. If a Contestant remains in the Leadership Contest after Round One Voting, they may not use the Voters List for any purpose after the close of Campaign Round Two voting.

Financial Compliance

The financial agent is responsible for ensuring the Leadership Contestant and their campaign follows all financial regulations set out in the Contest rules and the Canada Elections Act. 

For questions or concerns on Leadership Contest administration email: leadership.contest@greenparty.ca. For questions or concerns on Elections Canada rules, email political.financing@elections.ca

Fines for violation of an internal rule will be imposed by the Leadership Contest Arbiters. When setting the level of the fine, the Leadership Contest Arbiters will assess: 

1. Is the violation considered severe? 

2. Is the violation considered intentional? 

3. Is this the first violation? 

Here is how the fee level is determined:

 

Severe? 

Intentional? 

Repeat? 

Fee Level

NO 

NO 

NO 

$0

NO 

NO 

YES 

$500

NO 

YES 

NO 

$1,000

YES 

NO 

NO 

$1,000

NO 

YES 

YES 

$1,500

YES 

NO 

YES 

$1,500

YES 

YES 

NO 

$2,000

YES 

YES 

YES 

$2,500

Common Events

The Green Party of Canada will host Common Campaign Events during Campaign Phase One and Campaign Phase Two. Common Events, in which all Contestants may participate, are to be held virtually or in-person. Common Events will have an accommodation process. If you require accommodations please notify the Leadership Contest Committee. Where travel is necessary, the GPC will cover the cost of Contestants’ travel and accommodations. 

These events will provide a platform to connect the Leadership Contestants with Canada’s communities and GPC Members. Organizations that represent historically marginalized communities will be approached for input on the design and content of Common Events so that they are reflective of Canada’s diverse priorities. The specific type of event and its content will be determined by the Leadership Contest Committee.

Common Events are paid for through the Contest Support Fee applied to Directed Contributions. The costs associated with Common Events are a non-monetary contribution to Contestants which must be offered equally to all Contestants. 

Leadership Contest Contestants may organize their own events and campaign activities as they choose. Additional costs incurred as a result of individual campaign activities while traveling to a Common Event or while in accommodations paid for by GPC will not be supported.

Important Dates

Pre-Campaign Phase

Applications Period: June 28, 2022 - August 5, 2022 (11:59 PM Pacific Time). Applications Close August 14 th for equity seeking applicants.

Language Testing: July 11 -August 15, 2022. Equity seeking applicants who submit an application after August 5, 2022 can complete language testing until August 18, 2022.

Deadline for rejected Applicants, notified on August 20 th , to appeal is August 22nd.

Applicants Notified of Approval or Disapproval: August 20, 2022. Equity seeking applicants who submit an application after August 5, 2022 will be notified by August 29, 2022.

Approved Applicants who are Party Functionaries: must resign their position within 48 hours and prior to registering with Elections Canada. 

Appeals to the Leadership Contest Arbiter: Submitted within 48 hours of notification of application status.

Appeal Results: Within 7 days of the appeal submission date

GPC Certifies Approved Applicants to Election Canada by or on: August 30th, 2022 or, for equity seeking applicants who submit an application after August 5, 2022, September 7, 2022.

Approved Applicants Register with Elections Canada by or on: August 30, 2022. The Deadline for equity seeking applicants who submit an application after August 5, 2022, to register with Elections Canada is September 8, 2022. It is recommended they do so as soon as they receive notification of an approved application. 

GPC Announces Leadership Contestants: August 31, 2022. September 9, 2022  is the deadline to announce equity seeking Contestant’s entry into the Leadership Contest

Campaign Round

  • Campaign Round One: August 31, 2022
  • Mail-in ballot Requests Open: August 31, 2022
  • GPC Publishes Contestants Profiles on the GPC Website: September 2, 2022
  • Final date for mail-in ballot requests: October 25, 2022
  • Last day for Simply Voting to receive mail-in ballot: November 10, 2022
  • Campaign Round Online Voting Starts: 12:00 PM Eastern Time on November 12, 2022
  • Campaign Round Online Voting Ends: 3:30 PM Eastern Time on November 19, 2022.
  • Campaign Round Vote Results: 8:00 PM Eastern Time on November 19, 2022.