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:
Local Elections Campaign Financing
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 or elector organization for campaign use. It also includes:
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 2021, you can give a total of $1,239.18 to a local elections candidate or elector organization.
In the year of a general local election or local by-election, unendorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,200 to their own campaign, and a group of endorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,200 in total to the campaign of the elector organization.
The campaign contribution limit is adjusted at the start of each calendar year. See previous amounts in the table below.
|Calendar Year||Campaign Contribution Limit|
If you give $100 or more to a local elections candidate or elector organization for campaign use (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.