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Making a Political Contribution

Individuals who wish to contribute to a provincial political party, constituency association, candidate, nomination contestant or leadership contestant need to be aware of rules under the Election Act that they must follow. The rules are outlined below and apply for contributions of money, property or services.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact:

Provincial Electoral Finance
Elections BC

Can I make a political contribution?

You can only make a political contribution if you are:

  • a resident of B.C., and
  • either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

An organization is not permitted to make a political contribution or to reimburse an eligible individual for making a political contribution.

What is a political contribution?

A political contribution is any money, property or service provided without compensation by way of donation, advance, discount or otherwise. It also includes:

  • property or services provided at less than market value, or purchased above market value,
  • membership fees for a political party or constituency association,
  • fees to attend conferences and conventions of a party, including annual general meetings or leadership conventions, and
  • fundraising function tickets purchased for more than $50, or where more than one ticket is purchased.

How much can I contribute?

For 2018, you can give a total of $1,200 to each registered political party, including its candidates, nomination contestants and registered constituency associations. You can also give a maximum of $1,200 to each independent candidate and to each leadership contestant in relation to a leadership contest called after 2017.

The contribution limit does not include fees of up to $350 paid to attend a leadership convention or other convention of a political party.

These amounts will be adjusted at the start of each calendar year.

Will my contribution be reported publicly?

If you give more than $250 in a reporting period, your name and contribution amount will be published in our Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) system.

Will I get a tax receipt?

Registered political parties and registered constituency associations can issue income tax receipts for contributions of money received at any time, but not for contributions of goods or services. Candidates can only issue income tax receipts for contributions of money received after they have received their certificate of candidacy and before the return of the writ. Leadership contestants and third party advertising sponsors can never issue income tax receipts.

Are there any other restrictions I should know about?

  • Anonymous contributions can only be made under certain circumstances. They must be less than $50 and made at a function held by or on behalf of the organization or individual to whom the contribution is given.
  • Cash contributions must be $100 or less.
  • Contributions over $100 must be made by cheque, money order, credit card, or electronic transfer.
  • Political contributions cannot be made indirectly with money or property of another.
  • There are serious penalties for breaking the political contribution rules established by the Election Act, including monetary penalties of up to double the amount of the contribution made in contravention of the rules.