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Revised Limits for Political Contributions

OTTAWA, Wednesday, December 21, 2011 The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, would like to remind Canadians about political contribution limits that have changed as a result of inflation adjustment.

Contribution limits are adjusted each April 1 based on the formula set out in the Canada Elections Act. Some adjustments will take effect January 1, 2012, while others have been in effect since April 1, 2011:

  • The annual limit for total contributions to a particular registered political party will increase to $1,200 as of January 1, 2012.
  • The annual limit for total contributions to any combination of candidates, nomination contestants and registered electoral district associations of a particular registered party will increase to $1,200 as of January 1, 2012.
  • The limit per election for contributions to each independent candidate in an election commencing between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012 has increased to $1,200.
  • The limit per contest, in total, for contributions to the leadership contestants in a particular leadership contest commencing between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012 has increased to $1,200.

Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to make political contributions.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

Information:
Elections Canada Media Relations
1-877-877-9515
or at www.elections.ca