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Limits on election expenses

Summary

For provincial elections, the Election Act stipulates that a candidate’s election expenses are limited. This limit is based on a maximum amount per elector in the electoral division in which they are running. Political parties are also subject to a limit on election expenses. This limit is based on a maximum amount per elector in all electoral divisions where that party has an official candidate. In municipal and school elections, the limit on election expenses is set according to a base amount that may be increased according to the number of people on the list of electors.

Provincial

Election expense limits per elector in general elections

  April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023
Political party $0.72 $0.75
Candidate (base limit) $0.79 $0.82
Candidate in the electoral divisions of Duplessis, Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava $0.99 $1.03
Candidate in the electoral division of Îles-de-la-Madeleine $1.76 $1.83

Election expense limits per elector in a by-election

  April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023
Candidate (base limit) $1.51 $1.57
Candidate in the electoral divisions of Duplessis, Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava $1.71 $1.78
Candidate in the electoral division of Îles-de-la-Madeleine $2.48 $2.58

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Municipal

Limits on election expenses

Mayor

For the position of mayor, or borough mayor, the base limit on election expenses is $3,780. This amount is increased by:

  • $0.30 for each of the first 20,000 people on the municipality’s list of electors
  • $0.51 for each additional person on the list, up to the 100,000th person
  • $0.38 for each additional person on this list

City councillor

For the position of city councillor, the limit on election expenses is $1,890. This amount is increased by $0.30 for each person on the electoral district’s list of electors.

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School board

Limits on election expenses

The maximum amount allowable for election expenses is set as follows:

  1. For an election to the position of school board chair, the base limit is $3,780. This amount is increased by $0.30 per person on the list of electors of the English-language school board. Where applicable, this amount is increased according to the density of electors per square kilometre in accordance with the following:
    1. $0.10 per person on the list of electors if the density is greater than 1 but less than or equal to 10
    2. $0.20 per person on the list of electors if the density is greater than 0.45 but less than or equal to 1
    3. $0.35 per person on the list of electors if the density is less than or equal to 0.45
  2. For election to the position of commissioner, the base limit is $1,890. This amount is increased by $0.30 per person on the list of electors for the electoral district.

 English-language school boards

A supplement of $0.10 is given for each person on the list of electors for:

  • New Frontiers English-Language School Board
  • Riverside English-Language School Board
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier English-Language School Board

A supplement of $0.20 is given for each person on the list of electors for:

  • Eastern Townships English-Language School Board

A supplement of $0.35 is given for each person on the list of electors for:

  • Central Quebec English-Language School Board
  • Eastern Shores English-Language School Board
  • Western Quebec English-Language School Board

For a single school board, all candidates for the same position must respect the same maximum amount for their election expenses.

Definition of an election expense

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