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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 2020

Under paragraph 2, section 86 of the Election Act (RLRQ, c. E-2.2), no later than April 1st of each year, the Chief Electoral Officer must publish in the Gazette officielle du Québec a summary of the sums paid to the official representative of any party targeted by paragraphs 81, 82, 82.1, 82.2 and 82.4 of the Act.

For the period from January 1st to December 31, 2020, regular matching sums totaling $1,200,884.93 were paid to officials representatives of the political parties mentioned below, in relation to section 82.2 of the Election Act.

Matching sums paid to official representatives of political parties
Party Amount paid
Coalition avenir Québec – L’équipe François Legault $250,000.00
Parti québécois $250,000.00
Parti libéral du Québec/Quebec Liberal Party $250,000.00
Québec solidaire $250,000.00
Parti conservateur du Québec – Conservative Party of Québec $80,479.93
Parti libre $38,750.00
Citoyens au pouvoir du Québec $36,210.00
Parti marxiste-léniniste du Québec $17,512.50
Bloc pot $9,980.00
Nouveau Parti démocratique du Québec $9,262.50
Parti vert du Québec/Green Party of Québec $3,827.50
Parti 51 $2,275.00
Équipe autonomiste $1,837.50
Changement intégrité pour notre Québec $750.00
Total $1,200,884.93

During the financial year 2020, matching sums totaling $4,000.00 were paid to the official representatives of the authorized independent members mentioned below, in relation to section 82.4 of the Election Act..

Matching sums paid to the official representative of the authorized independent member
Authorized independent member Period concerned Amount paid
Mrs Catherine Fournier – independent member (Marie-Victorin electoral division) January 1st to December 31, 2020 $2,000.00
Mr Guy Ouellette – independent member (Chomedey electoral division) October 2 to December 31, 2020 $2,000.00
Total   $4,000.00

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.