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Matching sums

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Subject to certain conditions, the Act provides for the payment of amounts to parties, independent Members, and independent candidates based on the amounts that they receive from contributions. The method for calculating these amounts are as follows:

  1. $2.50 for each dollar contributed to an authorized party up to an annual amount of $20,000 paid in contributions to each party;
  2. in addition to the contributions referred to in subparagraph 1 of this paragraph, $1.00 for each dollar contributed to an authorized party up to an annual amount of $200,000 paid in contributions to each party.

For independent Members and independent candidates, we pay $2.50 for each dollar collected in contributions, up to an annual amount of $800 per member or candidate paid in contributions.

During a general election, in addition to the amounts provided for the authorized parties, we will also pay:

  1. $2.50 for each additional dollar contributed to an authorized party for that election, up to $20,000 paid in contributions to each party;
  2. in addition to the contributions referred to in subparagraph 1 of this paragraph, $1.00 for each additional dollar contributed to an authorized party for that election, up to $200,000 paid in contributions to each party.

To be entitled to receive these additional amounts, a party that has been authorized since the last general election and that is not entitled to receive the annual allowance must submit to us:

  1. a list of the names and addresses of at least 1,000 members; or
  2. a list of the names and addresses of at least 500 members who come from at least 10 administrative regions having at least 25 members each.

Matching sums in 2017

From January 1 to December 31, 2017, regular matching sums totaling $1,157,016.48 were paid to official representatives of political parties mentioned below, in respect of section 82.2 of the Election Act.

Matching sums paid to official representatives of political parties
Party Amount paid
Parti libéral du Québec/Quebec Liberal Party $250,000.00
Parti québécois $250,000.00
Québec solidaire $250,000.00
Coalition avenir Québec – L’équipe François Legault $250,000.00
Parti indépendantiste $44,630.00
Option nationale - Pour l’indépendance du Québec $25,097.50
Équipe Adrien Pouliot – Parti conservateur du Québec $20,585.00
Parti marxiste-léniniste du Québec $16,312.50
Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec $16,236.48
Parti unité nationale $11,577.50
Bloc pot $7,112.50
Citoyens au pouvoir du Québec $6,427.50
Parti vert du Québec/Green Party of Québec $6,287.50
Équipe autonomiste $2,425.00
Parti équitable $250.00
Parti nul $75.00
Total $1,157,016.48

For the by-election of May 29, 2017 (electoral division of Gouin), matching sums totaling $2,250.00 were paid to official representatives of authorized independent candidates below, in respect of section 82.4 of the Election Act.

Matching sums paid to official representatives of authorized independent candidates
Authorized independent candidate Period Amount paid
Mr. Sébastien Théodore – authorized independent candidate (Gouin) By-election of May 29, 2017 $1,750.00
Mr. François-Xavier Richard-Choquette - authorized independent candidate (Gouin) By-election of May 29, 2017 $500.00
Total $2,250.00

In accordance with section 83 of the Election Act, these sums are used to defray expenses related in particular to day-to-day operations, the propagation of a political program, the coordination of the political activities of the members or supporters of a party and election expenses. They are also used to reimburse the principal of loans.