Making a Campaign Contribution in a Local Election
This page applies to local elections. For information about making a political contribution at the provincial level, see Making a Political Contribution.
Individuals who wish to contribute to a local elections candidate or elector organization need to be aware of rules under 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
Can I make a campaign contribution?
You can make a campaign contribution if you are:
- a resident of B.C., and
- a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Organizations cannot make campaign contributions or reimburse individuals for making campaign contributions.
What is a campaign contribution?
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:
- property or services provided at less than market value to a candidate or elector organization,
- property or services purchased from a candidate or elector organization above market value,
- fundraising function tickets greater than $50, or
- membership fees for an elector organization.
Can I be reimbursed for my contribution?
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.
How much can I contribute?
For 2020, you can give a total of $1,224.60 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|
Will my contribution be reported publicly?
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).
Will I get a tax receipt?
No. Campaign contributions to local elections candidates and elector organizations are not eligible for tax receipts.
Are there any other restrictions I should know?
- Anonymous contributions must be $50 or less and be truly anonymous (e.g., via a donation box at an event). Individuals who provide money directly to a candidate cannot request that their contribution be listed as anonymous.
- Individuals contributing to candidates in more than one jurisdiction must specify which campaign each contribution is to be used in.
- There are serious penalties for breaking the campaign contribution rules established by the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. It is an offence to make a prohibited contribution, and serious penalties can apply.