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Can I make a campaign contribution?
What is a campaign contribution?
When can I make a campaign contribution?
Can I be reimbursed for my contribution?
How much can I contribute?
Will my contribution be reported publicly?
Will I get a tax receipt?
Are cryptocurrency contributions allowed?
Are there any other restrictions I should know?
This page applies to local elections. For information about making a political contribution at the provincial level, see our provincial Making a Political Contribution page.
Individuals who wish to contribute to a local elections candidate or elector organization are legally obligated to follow the rules outlined in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. Local elections in B.C. include but are not limited to elections for Mayor, Councillor, Electoral Area Director and Board of Education Trustee. The rules are outlined below and apply to contributions of money, property or services.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact:
You can make a campaign contribution if you are:
Organizations cannot make campaign contributions or reimburse individuals for making campaign contributions.
A campaign contribution is the amount of money, or the value of non-monetary property or services, provided without compensation to a local elections candidate for campaign use or to an elector organization for any use. It also includes:
Campaign contributions can be made at any time, including after an election. Source restrictions and contribution limits apply to all contributions, no matter when the contribution is made.
No. Campaign contributions must be made using an individual’s own money or property. Campaign contributions cannot be made indirectly with the money or property of another person, or be reimbursed by another person.
For 2023, you can give a total of $1,324.00 to a local elections candidate or elector organization per campaign.
For a local by-election held in 2023, unendorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,324 to their own campaign, and a group of endorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,324 in total to the campaign of the elector organization.
The campaign contribution limit is adjusted at the start of each calendar year.
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If you give $100 or more to a local elections candidate or elector organization (e.g., for the 2022 General Local Elections) your name and contribution amount will be published in our Financial Reports and Political Contributions System (FRPC).
No. Campaign contributions to local elections candidates and elector organizations are not eligible for tax receipts.
Yes. Campaign contributions of cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are allowed. The value of a contribution of cryptocurrency or NFTs is the market value at the time the contribution was made. The contribution rules under LECFA apply to contributions of cryptocurrency and NFTs, including contribution limits and the provision of required contributor information.
Please note that contributions to local elections third party advertising sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors are NOT campaign contributions and have different rules. See the Making a Sponsorship Contribution page for more information.