This page applies to provincial elections. For information about making a political contribution at the local level, see our local Making a Campaign Contribution page.
Individuals who wish to contribute to a provincial political party, constituency association, candidate, nomination contestant or leadership contestant have legal obligations under the Election Act that they must follow. The rules are outlined below and apply for contributions of money, property or services.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact:
Provincial Electoral Finance
You can only make a political contribution if you are:
No. Corporations, unions and organizations are prohibited from making political contributions. They are also prohibited from reimbursing individuals for making political contributions.
A political contribution is any money, property or service provided without compensation by way of donation, advance, discount or otherwise. It also includes:
No. You must make your contribution with your own money or property. Political contributions cannot be made indirectly with the money or property of another person, or be reimbursed by another person.
For 2020, you can give a total of $1,253.15 to each registered political party, including its candidates, nomination contestants and registered constituency associations. You can also give a maximum of $1,253.15 to each independent candidate and to each leadership contestant in relation to a leadership contest called in 2020.
The contribution limit does not include fees of up to $370 paid to attend a leadership convention or other convention of a political party. It also does not include money for personal election and personal nomination expenses that result in a contribution from the candidate or contestant.
These amounts are adjusted at the start of each calendar year.
|Calendar year||Political contribution limit||Party convention fees not subject to limit|
|2020||$1,253.15||Up to $370.00|
|2019||$1,225.17||Up to $360.00|
|2018||$1,200.00||Up to $350|
If you give more than $250 in a reporting period, your name and contribution amount will be published in our Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) system.
Registered political parties and registered constituency associations can issue income tax receipts for contributions of money received at any time, but not for contributions of goods or services.
Candidates can only issue income tax receipts for contributions of money received after they have received their certificate of candidacy and before the return of the writ.
Leadership contestants and third party advertising sponsors can never issue income tax receipts.