By voting for the candidate who best represents your values and your vision of tomorrow's Québec, you help him or her pursue his or her political activities.
- Fifty percent of the election expenses of a person who is elected or receives at least 15% of the votes cast is reimbursed to his or her official representative. To be reimbursed, these expenses must have been incurred and paid in accordance with the Election Act.
During by-elections, political parties also receive annual financial assistance calculated on the basis of the number of votes cast in their favour. The results of a by-election do not affect this financial assistance.
The total amount divided between these parties is calculated by multiplying the number of voters registered on the list of electors by $1.58. This amount is reallocated in proportion to the percentage of votes cast for each party.
- In other words, every person registered on the list of electors generates the sum of $1.58, and voters determine how the total sum is distributed between the parties.
The reimbursement of election expenses and the annual allowance are two sources of public financing, meaning that they are funded by the state. The goal of public financing is to preserve the integrity and vitality of our democracy by supporting the people who work in politics. In 2017, public financing constituted 72.9% of total political party financing.
Following the 2018 general election, six political parties and 309 out of the 940 candidates (32.9%) are entitled a reimbursement of their election expenses.
As far as the annual allowance is concerned, the political parties will receive about $9,750,000 for the period from October 2, 2018 to October 1, 2019.