Election period – the time between when an election is called and when the writ is returned to the Chief Electoral Officer.
Campaign period – the time between when an election is called and the close of voting (usually 8 p.m. Pacific time) on General Voting Day.
The pre-campaign period is the period beginning 60 days before the writs for a fixed date general election are issued and ending on the day before the writs are issued. The pre-campaign period applies only to third party sponsors.
Currently the maximum annual tax credit is $500. A taxpayer must contribute at least $1,150 to receive the maximum credit.
No. A permissible loan, or a guarantee for a permissible loan, must be made only by a savings institution at a rate of interest that is not less than the prime rate of the principal banker to the government at the time the rate of interest for the loan is fixed.
A specified fundraising function is a fundraising function that is attended by a prominent attendee, including member of the Executive Council (i.e. Cabinet), a parliamentary secretary or a leader of a major political party and is held for the purpose of raising funds for a major political party, a candidate, a leadership contestant, a nomination contestant, or a constituency association for a major political party.
Information on specified fundraising functions must be reported to Elections BC at least 7 days prior to the function and no later than 60 days after the function. See our Specified Fundraising Functions page for details.
Yes. In respect of the campaign period for a general election, a political party’s election expenses limit is $1.16 times the total number of registered voters and a candidate’s election expenses limit is $58,000.
For a by-election, both the political party and candidate election expenses limit is $58,000.
These amounts will be adjusted for changes to the Consumer Price Index.
Sometimes. If the candidate received at least 10% of the valid votes in their electoral district, the candidate is eligible to be reimbursed for up to 50% of their election expenses providing they file with Elections BC an election financing report and a claim for reimbursement, including financial records and receipts.
Sometimes. If a political party received at least 5% of the valid votes cast in a general election, the political party is eligible to be reimbursed for up to 50% of their election expenses providing they file with Elections BC an election financing report and a claim for reimbursement, including financial records and receipts. For a by-election, a party must have received at least 10% of the valid votes.
Yes, however, clothing, novelty items such as buttons, badges, wrist bands and small items of nominal value like pens, mugs and magnets are exempt from this rule. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-661-8683 to confirm if a specific form of advertising requires an authorization statement.
Although there are no specific size requirements for authorization statements under the Election Act, they must be reasonably viewable to meet the requirement under the Act to identify the sponsor of the advertising.
Yes. Election messages transmitted over the Internet are election advertising only if they meet the applicable definition of election advertising and have, or would normally have, a placement cost. A placement cost is the cost of purchasing election advertising, such as purchasing space on a social media site or other website.
For example, the costs of placing social media ads or boosting social content, banner ads, pre-roll videos or ads on Facebook or other social media sites are placement costs. Ad space received for free that normally has a placement cost is also election advertising. Messages without placement costs on the internet, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media posts, YouTube videos, emails and websites are not election advertising. The costs related to creating, maintaining and posting messages on a website are also not placement costs.
Election advertising in newspapers, magazines, on TV or on the radio is prohibited on General Voting Day.
Distributing pamphlets, signs and posters is allowed if at least 100 meters away from voting places and district electoral offices. New Internet advertising cannot be posted on General Voting Day, and existing Internet advertising cannot be changed on General Voting day.
These restrictions do not apply to:
The Election Act doesn’t restrict this, but municipal bylaws and Ministry of Transportation policies may. Contact your municipality, or see the ministry’s election signs policy.
Under the Election Act signs cannot be put up within 100 metres of a voting place or district electoral office. Municipal bylaws and Ministry of Transportation policies may also apply. See the ministry’s election signs policy.
Yes. Landlords cannot prohibit tenants from putting up campaign signs in their apartment. However, landlords can set reasonable limits on the size and type of signs, and may prohibit signs from being posted in common areas.
Contact your municipality about the bylaws in your area.
Yes. Candidates and individuals authorized in writing by the candidate are able to access residential and strata buildings to canvass voters and distribute candidate information. Landlords, strata corporations and housing cooperatives must not unreasonably restrict this access between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. If requested, a candidate or authorized canvasser must provide government-issued photo identification and either proof of candidacy or a candidate’s written authorization to canvass voters and distribute candidate information.
Yes. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) maintains a National Do Not Call List. However, this list does not apply to candidates and political parties.
Double check the sign to make sure it’s missing the authorization statement. Sometimes they are small and hard to see.
If the sign is missing the authorization statement, contact Elections BC at email@example.com or 1-800-661-8683. Note the location of the sign and take a picture if possible.
Yes. Aside from ensuring all election advertising has an authorization statement, Elections BC does not regulate the content of election advertising.