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Allowance and matching sums paid to political parties

Allowance paid to authorized political parties

We shall determine, after each general election, the annual allowance that may be given to authorized parties conforming to section 82 of the Election Act. This allowance is revised annually. It is distributed proportionately to the percentage of valid votes cast for the parties at the previous general elections.

In addition, within 10 days of the order to hold general elections, we will pay an additional allowance to political parties. This additional allowance will be calculated in the manner prescribed in the first paragraph of section 82 and distributed in the same way as the regular allowance.

Matching sums

Subject to certain conditions, the Act provides for the payment of amounts to parties, independent Members, and independent candidates based on the amounts that they receive from contributions. The method for calculating these amounts are as follows:

  1. $2.50 for each dollar contributed to an authorized party up to an annual amount of $20,000 paid in contributions to each party;
  2. in addition to the contributions referred to in subparagraph 1 of this paragraph, $1.00 for each dollar contributed to an authorized party up to an annual amount of $200,000 paid in contributions to each party.

For independent Members and independent candidates, we pay $2.50 for each dollar collected in contributions, up to an annual amount of $800 per member or candidate paid in contributions.

During a general election, in addition to the amounts provided for the authorized parties, we will also pay:

  1. $2.50 for each additional dollar contributed to an authorized party for that election, up to $20,000 paid in contributions to each party;
  2. in addition to the contributions referred to in subparagraph 1 of this paragraph, $1.00 for each additional dollar contributed to an authorized party for that election, up to $200,000 paid in contributions to each party.

To be entitled to receive these additional amounts, a party that has been authorized since the last general election and that is not entitled to receive the annual allowance must submit to us:

  1. a list of the names and addresses of at least 1,000 members; or
  2. a list of the names and addresses of at least 500 members who come from at least 10 administrative regions having at least 25 members each.

Allowance paid to political parties in 2015

Under paragraph 2, section 86 of the Election Act (RLRQ, c. E-2.2), no later than April 1st of each year, we must publish in the Gazette officielle du Québec a summary of the sums paid to the official representative of any party targeted by paragraphs 81, 82, 82.1, 82.2 and 82.4 of the Act.

From January 1 to December 31, 2015, allowances totalling $9,198,322.63 were given to the official representatives of the political parties mentioned below, in respect of sections 81 and 82 of the Election Act.

Party Period Amount paid
Parti libéral du Québec/Quebec Liberal Party January 1 to December 31, 2015 $3,832,808.62
Parti québécois January 1 to December 31, 2015 $2,343,045.01
Coalition avenir Québec - L'équipe François Legault January 1 to December 31, 2015 $2,128,152.45
Québec solidaire January 1 to December 31, 2015 $704,850.56
Option nationale - Pour l'indépendance du Québec January 1 to December 31, 2015 $66,961.32
Parti vert du Québec/Green Party of Québec January 1 to December 31, 2015 $50,526.87
Équipe Adrien Pouliot - Parti conservateur du Québec January 1 to December 31, 2015 $35,837.61
Parti nul January 1 to December 31, 2015 $16,445.32
Bloc pot January 1 to December 31, 2015 $5,867.84
Parti marxiste-léniniste du Québec January 1 to December 31, 2015 $4,397.62
Parti équitable January 1 to December 31, 2015 $3,588.35
Sans parti-Citoyens constituants January 1 to December 31, 2015 $2,816.15
Mon pays le Québec January 1 to December 31, 2015 $1,136.51
Équipe autonomiste January 1 to December 31, 2015 $872.54
Parti unité nationale January 1 to December 31, 2015 $525.69
Parti indépendantiste January 1 to December 31, 2015 $274.86
Union citoyenne du Québec/Québec Citizens' Union January 1 to December 31, 2015 $126.45
Québec - Révolution démocratique January 1 to December 31, 2015 $88.86
TOTAL $9,198,322.63

Matching sums in 2015

Moreover, during the calendar year of 2015, regular matching sums totaling $1,112,604.82 were paid to official representatives of political parties mentioned below, in respect of section 82.2 of the Election Act.

Party Period Amount paid
Parti libéral du Québec/Quebec Liberal Party December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$250,000.00
Parti québécois December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$250 000,00
Québec solidaire December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$250,000.00
Coalition avenir Québec - L'équipe François Legault December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$160,899.99
Option nationale - Pour l'indépendance du Québec December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$60,284.50
Parti indépendantiste December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$60,147.00
Équipe Adrien Pouliot - Parti conservateur du Québec December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$26,857.50
Parti marxiste-léniniste du Québec December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$15,600.00
Parti unité nationale December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$10,232.50
Bloc pot December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$10,165.00
Parti vert du Québec/Green Party of Québec December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$8,230.00
Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$3,858.33
Équipe autonomiste December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$2,750.00
Mon pays le Québec December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$1,912.50
Parti équitable December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$987.50
Union citoyenne du Québec/Québec Citizens' Union December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$580.00
Sans parti-Citoyens constituants December 1, 2014 to
December 31, 2015
$100.00
TOTAL $1,112,604.82

At the by-election of November 9, 2015, the matching sums of $412.50 were paid to the official representative of the authorized candidate mentioned below, with respect to Section 82.4 of the Election Act.

Independent member / candidate Period Amount paid
M. Robert Genesse - authorized independent candidate
(Beauce-Sud)
By-election of November 9, 2015 $412.50

In accordance with section 83 of the Election Act, these sums are used to defray expenses related in particular to day-to-day operations, the propagation of a political program, the coordination of the political activities of the members or supporters of a party and election expenses. They are also used to reimburse the principal of loans.