Figure 3 – Contributions to Regulated Federal Political Entities by Year, 2000-2014

This bar graph compares the amount of contributions to all regulated federal political entities every year from 2000 to 2014. It illustrates the difference in the level of contributions before and after Bill C-24 came into effect in 2004 and subsequently when Bill C-2 came into effect in 2007.

This graph represents contributions to all registered parties, candidates, EDAs, nomination contestants and leadership contestants. The Y-axis lists years 2000 to 2014 and the X-axis lists contribution amounts from $0 to $120 million (highest data point is $124.8 million in 2000). The data for each year show the contributions received by all regulated federal political entities, with both the election years and non-election years demarcated. Election years are 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 and non-election years are 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Before 2004, EDAs, nomination contestants and leadership contestants were not part of the regulatory regime; as such, their contributions were unknown. From 2000 to 2003, the contributions for EDAs, leadership contestants and nomination contestants are excluded from the data.

The contributions for all regulated federal political entities per year from 2000 to 2014 in millions of dollars are:

2000: $124.8
2001: $42.2
2002: $39.9
2003: $65.9
2004: $70.1
2005: $57.7
2006: $83.8
2007: $44.9
2008: $74.0
2009: $52.2
2010: $47.8
2011: $74.5
2012: $49.7
2013: $53.5
2014: $64.7

The graph shows that total contributions dropped from $124.8 million in the 2000 election to an average of $77.0 million for the two elections that came after in 2004 and 2006. There was a further drop to an average of $74.3 million for the 2008 and 2011 elections.

The graph also shows that for non-election years before 2004, the average contributions per year were $49.3 million compared to $52.9 million for non-election years after 2004.

On the bottom of the graph there are the following notes:

Bill C-24: Amendments to the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act. Introduced publicly-funded quarterly allowances and contribution limits, brought EDAs, nomination and leadership contests into the regulatory system, increased reimbursements of paid regulatory system, increased reimbursements of paid election expenses and political contribution tax credits.

Bill C-2: The Federal Accountability Act. This legislation further reduced contribution limits and restricted eligibility to individuals only.

As well, at the bottom of the graph is the following footnote:

From 2000 to 2003, EDAs, nomination contestants and leadership contestants were not part of the regulatory regime. As such, their contributions were unknown. Contributions from 2000 to 2003 are for registered parties and candidates only. After 2003, contributions are for registered parties, candidates, EDAs, nomination contestants and leadership contestants.