Political Financing Handbook for Electoral District Associations and Financial Agents (EC 20089) – June 2016
This document is Elections Canada's guideline: OGI 2016-02.
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Tables and Reminders
The tables and reminders in this section are quick reference tools for the use of electoral district associations and their financial agents.
This section contains the following:
- Contribution limits summary
- Transfers – types and rules
- Reporting requirements for electoral district associations
- Important reminders for electoral district associations, financial agents and electoral district agents
- Filing deadline extensions
Limits on contributions, loans and loan guarantees
|Political entity||2016 annual limit||Limit per election called between
Jan. 1, 2016 and
Dec. 31, 2016
|To each registered party||$1,525*||n/a|
|In total to all the registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates of each registered party||$1,525*||n/a|
|In total to all leadership contestants in a particular contest||$1,525*||n/a|
|To each independent candidate||n/a||$1,525*|
- The contribution limits apply to: total contributions, the unpaid balance of loans made during the contribution period and the amount of any loan guarantees made during the contribution period that an individual is still liable for. The sum of these three amounts cannot at any time exceed the contribution limit.
- A nomination contestant is permitted to give an additional $1,000 in total per contest in contributions, loans and loan guarantees to his or her own campaign.
- A candidate is permitted to give a total of $5,000 in contributions, loans and loan guarantees to his or her campaign.
- A candidate is also permitted to give an additional $1,525* in total per year in contributions, loans and loan guarantees to other candidates, registered associations and nomination contestants of each party. (This includes contributions to the registered association in the candidate's electoral district and contributions to the candidate's own nomination campaign.)
- A leadership contestant is permitted to give a total of $25,000 in contributions, loans and loan guarantees to his or her campaign.
- A leadership contestant is also permitted to give an additional $1,525* in total per year in contributions, loans and loan guarantees to other leadership contestants.
* The limits increase by $25 on January 1st in each subsequent year.
Transfers – types and rules
This table shows the allowable monetary and non-monetary transfers between related registered political entities.
|Nomination Contestant||Leadership Contestant||Candidate|| Registered Electoral District
|Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary|
|FROM||Nomination Contestant||No||No||No||No||Yes 1||No||Yes 2||No||Yes||No|
|Candidate||Yes 3||Yes 3||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Registered Electoral District Association||No||Yes 4||No||Yes 4||Yes 7||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Registered Party||No||Yes 4||No 5||Yes 4||Yes 7||Yes||Yes 6||Yes 6||N/A||N/A|
1 A nomination contestant may transfer funds (but not property or services) to a candidate of the same party in the electoral district in which the nomination contest was held.
2 A nomination contestant can only transfer funds to the registered electoral district association that held the nomination contest.
3 Candidates may transfer property, services and funds to their own nomination contestant campaign for the same election.
4 Non-monetary transfers must be offered equally to all contestants.
5 Directed contributions are the only exception: they may be transferred to the leadership contestant.
6 Registered parties may transfer property, services and funds to electoral district associations, whether registered or not.
7 Monetary transfers other than trust funds are allowed. After election day, monetary transfers are allowed only to pay claims and loans related to the candidate's campaign.
Note: Independent candidates may not send or accept transfers of funds, property or services to or from other political entities.
Reporting requirements for registered electoral district associations
* If the date falls within an election period, the deadline is July 31.
** An auditor's report is required if the electoral district association accepted contributions totalling $5,000 or more, or incurred expenses totalling $5,000 or more. Note that transfers to affiliated political entities are not expenses.
Important reminders for registered associations, financial agents and electoral district agents
Filing deadline extensions
|Document to submit||Extension from Elections Canada||Additional extension from Elections Canada||Extension from a judge|
|Registered Association Financial Transactions Return||Yes||No||Yes|
|Corrected or revised Registered Association Financial Transactions Return requested by the registered association||Yes||Yes||No|
|Corrected or revised Registered Association Financial Transactions Return requested by Elections Canada||No||No||No*|
* Corrections or revisions requested by Elections Canada are not eligible for extensions and must be filed within the specified period. However, the financial agent can apply to a judge to be relieved of the obligation of complying with the request.