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Definition of an election expense

See field: provincial, school board

During an election period

An election expense is defined as being the cost of all goods and services used during the election period. An expense not included in election expenses is the cost of all goods and services used before or after the election period. Hence, it is the time of use of the goods and service that determines whether or not they are an election expense.

Use of the election expense

According to the Election Act, an election expense may be used to:

  • promote or oppose, directly or indirectly, the election of a candidate or the candidates of a party;
  • propagate or oppose the program or policies of a candidate or party;
  • approve or disapprove courses of action advocated or opposed by a candidate or party;
  • approve or disapprove any act done or proposed by a party, a candidate or their supporters.