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Chief Electoral Officer Issues Reminder
on Political Contribution Limits

OTTAWA, Thursday, March 31, 2011 — The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, would like to remind Canadians about the rules on political contributions.

  • Only individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada can make contributions to registered political parties, candidates, nomination contestants, registered electoral district associations or leadership contestants.
  • Cash contributions of more than $20 are prohibited.
  • Contribution rules apply to both monetary contributions and non-monetary contributions (donations of goods or services).

Contributions by individuals are limited to:

  • $1,100* in total in any calendar year to a particular registered party
  • $1,100* in total in any calendar year to the registered associations, nomination contestants and candidates of a particular registered party
  • $1,100* in total to a candidate for a particular election who is not the candidate of a registered party
  • $1,100* in total to the leadership contestants in a particular leadership contest

*These limits are adjusted for inflation on April 1 of each year. More information on political contribution limits is available at

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