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Contributions

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What is a contribution?

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:

  • 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).

Payment of a contribution

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.

Contributions of $50 or less in cash

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.

Who may solicit contributions?

Contributions may only be solicited under the responsibility of the official representative. The latter may, however, designate any person to act as a canvasser.

Contribution slip

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

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. Here's how to access the contribution slip >>

Maximum that must not be exceeded

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.

Tax credit

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.

Public nature of a contribution

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.