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What is a contribution?

A contribution refers to any donation of money to a party or to an independent candidate, any service rendered or goods furnished free of charge, for political purposes. Any money, goods or service furnished by the candidate himself in view of his election is also considered a contribution.

The contributor must sign, on the contribution receipt, a declaration stating that his contribution is made out of his own property, voluntarily, without compensation or consideration and that it cannot be reimbursed in any way. In addition, the name of the employer of the contributor is now required on the contribution receipt.

Prohibition applicable to legal persons

Legal persons (companies, unions, etc.) are strictly forbidden from making contributions.

When an offence is committed with respect to the provisions related to contributions, legal proceedings may be instituted and may lead to harsh penalties that can take the following forms:

  • fines of $5,000 up to $20,000;
  • loss of rights:
    • to sit or to vote for elected members;
    • election rights;
    • to enter into a public contract (in French only).

Contributions of $100 or more

Contributions of over $100 must be made by means of a cheque, other payment order signed by the elector, a credit card or a transfer of funds to an account held by the official representative. For a contribution made by credit card or transfer of funds, the elector must sign a form produced by the official representative.

Contribution receipt

The official representative of an authorized political entity must transmit to the treasurer of his municipality copies intended for it and those of the Chief Electoral Officer, for all receipts issued. In the case of an authorized political party, these copies must be sent to every quarter, in January, April, July and October.

For the authorized independent candidate, they are delivered with the corresponding financial reports.

Tax credit

For every contribution, the elector must receive a receipt and his contribution of money may result in a tax credit. The maximum tax credit can reach $155 (85% of the first segment of $50 and 75% of the second segment of $150).

Maximum not to be exceeded

The total contributions, in the form of money and goods and services, cannot exceed, during the same fiscal year (calendar year), for the same elector, the sum of $300 to each party and to each authorized independent candidate. However, from June 21, 2013, the maximum allowed by the Act will be $300 to each authorized party and independent candidates.

During the fiscal year of an election, a candidate of an authorized party or an authorized independent candidate may also pay contributions or sums of money for the candidate's own benefit or that of the party for which the candidate is running, the total of which may not exceed $700.

Non-compliant contributions

Every contribution made contrary to the AERM must be repaid to the treasurer of the municipality, as soon as the fact is known.

Moreover, the DGEQ makes public the non-compliant contributions claimed to a political party or an independent candidate.