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

Limits on election expenses

See field: municipal, school board

Provincial By-Election in Roberval Electoral Division – December 10, 2018: Preliminary limit on electoral expenses

2018 Provincial General Election : Final limits on electoral expenses

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 on election expenses per elector in general elections
  April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Political party $0.68 $0.69
Candidate (basic limit) $0.74 $0.75
Candidates in the electoral divisions of Duplessis, Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava $0.94
($0.74 + $0.20)
$0.95
($0.75 + $0.20)
Candidates in the electoral division of Îles-de-la-Madeleine $1.65
($0.74 + $0.91)
$1.67
($0.75 + $0.92)
Limits on election expenses per elector during a by-election
  April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018 April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019
Candidate (basic limit) $1.42
($0.68 + $ 0.74)
$1.44
($0.69 + $0.75)
Candidates in the electoral divisions of Duplessis, Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue, René-Lévesque and Ungava $1.62
($1.42 + $0.20)
$1.64
($1.44 + $0.20)
Candidates in the electoral division of Îles-de-la-Madeleine $2.33
($1.42 + $0.91)
$2.36
($1.44 + $0.92)

Consumer Price Index

Limits per elector are adjusted according to the variation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) (Election Act, section 426):

  • Variation of 1,0 % of the Consumer Price index (CPI) for the year 2017, Québec
  • The limits specified in Section 426 were adjusted according to CPI variation by 1.4%, 1.1% and 0.7% respectively on April 1, 2015, 2016 and 2017.