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Each year, a maximum of $100 can be paid to each political party and authorized independent candidate

However, there are two occasions when electors can contribute up to $100 more:

  • a by-election – from the time the position becomes vacant to 30 days following the by-election.
  • a general election – during the year in which election is held.

Here are 6 things you should know if you wish to make a political contribution

  1. You must be an elector to make a contribution, whether a cash donation, a service rendered or a good provided at no charge.
  2. To receive a contribution, the political party or candidate must be authorized.
  3. The official representative of a party, a party authority, an authorized independent candidate or an authorized independent MNA is responsible for soliciting contributions. Any other person who solicits a contribution must possess a canvasser's certificate. Ask to see it.
  4. Only contributions of $50 or less may be made in cash to the official representative or to a person who has a canvasser's certificate.
  5. Contributions of more than $50 must be made by personal credit card or cheque.
    • Credit card : Use the online contribution form.
    • Cheque : Make your cheque payable to the Chief Electoral Officer and write at the bottom of your cheque the name of the party or independent candidate to whom the contribution should be paid. Give your cheque to the party's or candidate's official representative or to a person who holds a canvasser certificate.
  6. A receipt must be given to you. The receipt is called a “contribution slip.” You must sign the slip to certify that your contribution is being made out of your own assets, voluntarily, without compensation and for no consideration, and that it will not be reimbursed in any way.
  7. Your name, your postal code and the municipality of your domicile will be made public through the contributors search engine.

In 2017, voters gave over $2,200,000 to political parties. The average contribution was $70.

For more information, refer to our portrait of the financing of provincial political parties.

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