Political Financing Handbook for Registered Parties and Chief Agents (EC 20231) – June 2016
This document is Elections Canada's guideline: OGI 2016-04.
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Tables and Reminders
The tables and reminders in this section are quick reference tools for the use of registered parties, chief agents and registered agents.
The section contains the following:
- Contribution limits summary
- Transfers – types and rules
- Reporting requirements
- 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 will 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 Association||Registered Party|
|Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary||Monetary||Non- monetary|
|Registered Electoral District Association||No||Yes4||No||Yes4||Yes7||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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.
* Required if the candidates endorsed by the party received at least 2% of the valid votes cast at the most recent general election, or 5% of the valid votes cast in the electoral districts where the party endorsed a candidate.
Filing deadline extensions
|Document to submit||Extension from Elections Canada||Additional extension from Elections Canada||Extension from a judge|
|Registered Party Financial Transactions Annual Return||Yes||No||Yes|
|Registered Party Return in Respect of General Election Expenses||Yes||No||Yes|
|Corrected or revised Registered Party Financial Transactions Annual Return requested by the registered party||Yes||Yes||No|
|Corrected or revised Registered Party Return in Respect of General Election Expenses requested by the registered party||Yes||Yes||No|
|Corrected or revised Registered Party Financial Transactions Annual Return requested by Elections Canada||No||No||No*|
|Corrected or revised Registered Party Return in Respect of General Election Expenses 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 chief agent can apply to a judge to be relieved of the obligation of complying with the request.