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Highlights of financial data for authorized political entities in 2020

18 October 2021

Categories: Financing, expenses, and contributions, Provincial

Élections Québec has released the financial reports of authorized political entities for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

Authorized political entities include provincial political parties, party authorities, MNAs and authorized independent candidates.

You can now read the financial reports or use our contributor search engine to find details on this financial data.


  • As of December 31, 2020, 22 political parties, 350 party authorities and two independent MNA.2
  • Authorized political entities reported total revenues of $15.5M in 2020.
    • 95.6% of these revenues ($14.8M) were raised by the four political parties represented in the National Assembly: the Coalition avenir Québec – L’équipe François Legault (CAQ), the Quebec Liberal Party (QLP), the Parti québécois (PQ) and Québec solidaire (QS).
  • Élections Québec provided more than $12.6 million in public funding to political entities. This financial support from the state represents 81% of the total revenues reported by authorized entities.
    • 95.7% of this financial support ($12M) was allocated to the four political parties represented in the National Assembly.
  • The entities incurred expenses of $8.6M, representing a surplus of income (revenues) over expenditure (expenses) of $7M.

Political entities collected $1,728,955 from 23,212 electors, who contributed an average of $74.49 per contribution. A full 94.2% of contributions were designated to the four political parties represented in the National Assembly.

Political entity Amount ($) Number of contributors Average contribution per contributor ($)
CAQ $682,283 7 703 $88,57
PQ $398,670 5 948 $67,03
PLQ $291,226 3 665 $79,46
QS $256 ,409 3 775 $67,92
Other entities (18) $100,367 2 121 $47,32

Our role in political financing

Under the Election Act, our responsibilities involve oversight and education. In terms of oversight, we ensure that provincial rules on political financing and election expenses are applied and respected. Among other things, this includes:

  • Authorizing political entities;
  • Confirming that authorized political entities are complying with the provisions of the Act;
  • Receiving, examining and, where applicable, auditing financial reports and returns of election expenses;
  • Receiving contributions from electors, confirming their compliance and forwarding them to the authorized political entity concerned;
  • Inquiring into the legality of expenditures incurred by authorized political entities, as well as of election contributions and expenses.

  1. The data are drawn from financial reports submitted to Élections Québec by authorized political entities on April, 1, (political party authorities, authorized independent candidates and MNA) and on April, 30 2020 (political parties).
  2. At the time of publication, three political parties had not submitted their financial reports.
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