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What is a contribution?

A contribution is a cash donation, a service provided or goods furnished free of charge by an elector of the school board out of his own property.

Every sum of money, goods supplied or service provided by the candidate himself with a view to his election is also a contribution.

The contributor must sign, on the contribution receipt, a declaration 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 to a candidate.

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).

Maximum that must not be exceeded

The total amount of contributions, in cash and goods and services, may not exceed, during the same fiscal year (calendar year), for each elector, the sum of $300 to each of the authorized candidates.

During the fiscal year of an election, an authorized candidate may, in addition to the $300 contribution, contribute for their own benefit, contributions whose total does not exceed $700.

Receipt to the contributor

For each contribution paid to a candidate, the elector shall be issued a receipt. However, no tax credit is possible for a contribution made to a candidate during a school election.

Additionally, the name of the contributor's employer is henceforth required to be put on the contribution receipt.

Contributions of $100 or more

Contributions of $100 or more must be made by cheque or other payment order signed by the elector, drawn on their own account from a financial institution having an office in the province of Québec and made payable to the authorized candidate.