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Annual Allowances

Under the Election Act, the Chief Electoral Officer must pay an annual allowance to a registered political party whose candidates in the most recent general election received:

  • at least 2% of the total number of valid votes cast in all electoral districts, or
  • at least 5% of the total number of valid votes cast in the electoral districts in which the political party endorsed candidates.

Allowances paid to date are shown below.

January 1, 2018 allowance

Political party Amount paid
BC Green Party $415,483.75
BC Liberal Party $995,965.00
BC NDP $993,882.50

How allowances are calculated

The Election Act establishes how annual allowances are calculated. Allowances are based on the number of valid votes received in the last general election and are calculated as follows:

  • in 2018, $2.50 per vote received
  • in 2019, $2.25 per vote received
  • in 2020, $2.00 per vote received
  • in 2021, $1.75 per vote received
  • in 2022, $1.75 per vote received

The Chief Electoral Officer must pay allowances in two equal installments on January 1 and July 1 in each applicable year.