Who can attend the Convention?

The Winnipeg 2016 – Liberal Biennial Convention is an open event that can be attended by Party members and non-members alike. However, only members of the Liberal Party who applied for delegate status, can attend as elected delegates. Delegates, including ex-officios, are the only participants at the convention eligible to vote.

Electoral District Associations (EDAs) will be electing delegates and alternate delegates at Delegate Selection Meetings (DSMs). Members should consult this list or contact their local EDA President or Provincial/Territorial Association (PTA) to find out when and where their meeting will be held.

Every riding is entitled to elect 20 delegates, plus 2 Aboriginal delegates. Youth clubs can elect 4 delegates and women’s and seniors’ clubs can elect 2 delegates. Alternates can take the place of a delegate and be eligible to vote if an elected delegate is not able to attend the convention.

For more information on DSMs and the right to vote, please refer to sections 69 and 70 of the Party’s Constitution and the LPC Bylaw 1 – Procedures for the election of delegates to a Biennial Convention.

If you are interested in attending the Winnipeg 2016 – Liberal Biennial Convention but missed the deadlines, please note that you can also attend as an observer.

What are the important dates? How do they fit into the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC)’s Constitution?

February 28, 2016: Delegate Selection Meetings deadline
A list of Delegate Selection Meetings across Canada can be found here.

April 5, 2016: Early-bird registration closes.

April 7, 2016: Last day for submission of proposed amendments to National Constitution to the National President (48 days prior to the Convention).

April 21, 2016: Last day to submit nominations for Party and Commission officers to the National President (Bylaw 5, at least 34 days prior).

April 28, 2016: Last day for publishing proposed amendments on the Party website (27 days prior to the Convention).

May 18, 2016: Online registration closes.

May 26, 2016: Convention registration opens at noon.

May 27, 2016: Full day of convention programming.

May 28, 2016: Full day of convention programming.

When and where is the Liberal Party of Canada’s Biennial Convention?

The Liberal Convention will be held May 26-28, 2016 – featuring two and a half full days of keynotes, sessions and workshops – at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3.

What is the purpose of the convention?

Liberal Party of Canada conventions are the “highest authority of the Party” (s. 61 (1), LPC Constitution). The Winnipeg 2016 – Liberal Biennial Convention will create an ultimate gathering of Liberals from across Canada to prepare the party for the next election and decide who will take charge of Party organization at the National Board level.

With regards to policy, this is where Liberal members will have an opportunity to discuss Party members’ resolutions that could become future policy.

What are “policy resolutions”?

Policy resolutions pertain to specific issues that would establish the Party’s national policy. For example, the Party’s position regarding: the environment, fiscal responsibility, infrastructure, social justice issues, etc.

Constitutional amendments pertain to the Party’s National Constitution that governs the affairs of the Party and is the Party’s final authority. Therefore, Constitutional amendments deal specifically with changes to our Constitution which would have an impact on the Party’s structure and operations. For example: changing the date for a biennial convention (as done during the June 18, 2011, Extraordinary Convention), modifying responsibilities of various Party entities (i.e. Ridings, PTAs, National Board, National Committees, Commissions, etc.). According to our Constitution, amendments to the Constitution can be proposed by the National Board of Directors, the Council of Presidents, any Prov./Terr. Association (PTA), or any Commission.

Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the National President (via the National Office) by April 7,2016 and must be published on the Party website by April 28, 2016.

Additional questions can be sent to policy@liberal.ca

What do I do after having filled out the Notice of intent to stand as a delegate?

Ridings across Canada are hosting Delegate Selection Meetings (DSMs), a list of which can be found here. Confirmed delegates will receive an email confirming their delegate status and inviting them to fill out their personalized online Delegate Registration and Payment Form.

Please contact your Electoral District Association (EDA) or Provincial / Territorial Association (PTA) if you have any questions about the delegate selection process.

How do I become an observer?

If you are interested in attending the Winnipeg 2016 – Liberal Biennial Convention but missed the deadlines, please note that you can also attend the Convention as an observer, which is a non-voting position. For more information and to apply for observer status, please complete this observer registration form when it is made available.

How can people volunteer for the convention?

Come be part of of one of the best teams in the country! Over the next few days, we’ll be putting together our team of volunteers for Winnipeg 2016. Whether it’s helping with registration, to acting as ambassadors for your fellow delegates, to working with the LPC team at sessions and events, or one of our other roles, we’d love for you to join us!

Do I have to register in advance to attend?

Yes, anyone who would like to attend the convention must register in advance. The registration form will be launched in the coming weeks.

When does onsite registration open at the Convention?

The onsite registration for the Winnipeg 2016 – Liberal Biennial Convention is located in the lobby of the North Building at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Onsite registration will open on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 12:00 PM. Please bring photo identification for registration as well as your registration email confirmation.

What are the registration fees?

Category Fee Fee before April 6
Observers $1525 $1525
Delegates $975 $900
Victory Fund Delegates $575 $500
Laurier Club Delegates $200 $200
Laurier Club Observers $200 $200
Youth Delegates $275 $200
Aboriginal Delegates $275 $200
How do I pay for my registration fee?

Registration fees must be paid either from an individual’s own personal funds, payment by an Electoral District Association, or from funds raised through eligible third parties. We cannot accept cash payments, or payments from corporations.

Is my registration fee eligible for a tax receipt?

Yes. A receipt for income tax purposes will be issued to all delegates and observers for an eligible contribution amount. A portion of your registration fee is considered a donation to the Liberal Party of Canada and is therefore tax-deductible and entitles you to a tax credit. The size of your reduction in taxes payable depends on your donations, not your annual income.

Donations between 0 and $400: give you a 75 per cent refund;
Donations between $400 and $750: give you $300 plus 50 per cent of any amount over $400;
Donations over $750: give you $475 plus 33 1/3 per cent of any amount over $750 up to a maximum of $650 per year.

Limits on contributions

Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents may make political contributions, in the following amounts:
no more than $1,525 in any calendar year to each registered political party
no more than $1,525 in total in any calendar year to the various entities of each registered political party (registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates)
no more than $1,525 in total to the leadership contestants in a particular leadership contest
For more information about tax credits or donation limits, please refer to Elections Canada website.

Media Inquiries

Media accreditation and further information will be available in the coming week. For all other media inquiries please contact media@liberal.ca

Does the Liberal Party have special travel rates to Winnipeg?

Yes, the Liberal Party has negotiated some special travel rates to Winnipeg. More information is available here.

Are there special hotel rates?

Yes, hotel information and special convention rates are posted here.