Home > Provincial > Financing and election expenses > Election expenses > Limits on election expenses

Limits on election expenses

See field: municipal, school board

Maximum amount

For a candidate, the Election Act stipulates that expenses are limited to a maximum amount per elector for the electoral division in which the candidate is running. In the case of a party, election expenses are limited to a maximum amount per elector in all of the electoral divisions in which this party has an official candidate.

Annual indexing

The limit on election expenses is indexed on April 1st of each year according to the variation in the Average Consumer Price Index (CPI) established by Statistics Canada.

During an election period

It should be noted that during by-elections the official agent of an authorized political party cannot incur election expenses. Consequently, the limit on the election expenses of a candidate in an electoral division is increased in order to take into account the limit that would normally have been attributed to the party.

Limits per elector

Limits per elector are adjusted according to the variation in the CPI.
Election Act, section 426

  Limits per elector in effect from
April 1, 2015, to
March 31, 2016
April 1, 2016, to
March 31, 2017
1. Political party $0.67 $0.68
2. Candidate  
2.1 Basic limit $0.72 $0.73
2.2 Increase in the limit
  In the electoral divisions of:
  • Duplessis,
  • Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue,
  • René-Lévesque and
  • Ungava.
$0.20 $0.20
  In the electoral division of:
  • Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
$0.89 $0.90
  During a by-election $0.67 $0.68