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.

The Election Act establishes how allowances are calculated. Parties receive $1.75 per valid vote received in the last general election. Beginning in 2024 this amount will be adjusted for changes to the consumer price index.

Beginning in 2022, the Chief Electoral Officer must pay allowances in two equal installments on January 15 and July 15 in each applicable year.

Allowances Paid

BC Green Party BC Liberal Party BC NDP Conservative Rural BC Party
July 1, 2021 $248,632.12 $556,629.50 $786,086.00 $31,414.25 $659.75
January 1, 2021 $248,632.13 $556,629.50 $786,086.00 $31,414.25 $659.75
July 1, 2020 $332,331.00 $797,194.00 $795,527.00
January 1, 2020 $332,331.00 $797,194.00 $795,527.00
July 1, 2019 $373,872.37 $896,843.25 $894,967.87
January 1, 2019 $373,872.38 $896,843.25 $894,967.88
July 1, 2018 $415,413.75 $996,492.50 $994,408.75
January 1, 2018 $415,413.75 $996,492.50 $994,408.75