A contribution is a donation of money, a service rendered or a good provided free of charge by an elector out of his own property. A contribution must be accompanied with a contribution slip that notably contains a declaration by the elector 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. Legal persons (companies, unions, etc.) are prohibited from making a contribution.
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:
Every contribution of more than $50, and every contribution of $50 or less made by cheque, by preauthorized debit (order of payment) or by credit card, intended for an authorized entity, must be paid to us; we will transmit them to the entity concerned afterwards.
Only a contribution of $50 or less made in cash can be paid to the official representative of the authorized entity or to the persons designated in writing by the latter provided that they hold a canvasser's certificate.
Every contribution must be accompanied with a contribution slip. This slip notably contains a declaration by the elector that his contribution is made out of his own property, voluntarily, without compensation or consideration, and that it was not and will not be reimbursed in any way.
Contributions of more than $50 must be made by means of a cheque or other order of payment signed by the elector. The cheque or the order of payment must be made out to the Directeur général des élections and indicate the authorized entity for whose benefit the contribution is made. A contribution may also be made by means of a credit card.
A contribution slip may be accessed for any contribution of more than $50 made by means of a credit card.
The total contributions that an elector may make during a calendar year are limited to $100 to each of the political parties including their authorities, and to each of the authorized independent candidates and independent members.
During a general election or by-election, the elector in an electoral division where an election is taking place may give additional contributions up to a total of $100 for the benefit of each of the parties, independent members, and independent candidates.
Since January 1, 2013, the Election Act amended the Taxation Act in order to abolish the tax credit to which an individual was entitled for making contributions to authorized political parties, independent Members, independent candidates and political party leadership candidates.
We make accessible on our website the name of the elector, the city and the postal code of his domicile, the total amount of the contributions paid as well as the name of the authorized party, authorized independent member or authorized independent candidate for whose benefit the contribution or contributions were made, not later than 30 working days after the cashing of the contribution.
Where a contribution is made contrary to the Election Act, it is returned to us as soon as the fact is known and is delivered to the Minister of Finance.
We may also claim from political parties and authorized independent candidates any contribution for which we have convincing evidence that it is non-compliant. These non-compliant contributions that we claim to a political party or independent candidate are made public.