Figure 7 – Total Funding for Regulated Federal Political Entities by Direct Public Funding and Contributions, 2000-2014

This bar graph presents the consolidated funding provided to all regulated federal political entities, shown in a comparison between direct public funding and contributions from 2000 to 2014.

This graph illustrates the amount of funding (in millions of dollars) provided to all regulated federal political entities in Canada, registered parties and candidates from 2000 to 2003, and registered parties, candidates, EDAs, leadership contestants and nomination contests from 2004 to 2014. It also shows the breakdown between direct public funding and contributions, per year, from 2000 to 2014. The X-axis depicts funding in millions of dollars, and is divided into two segments with the X-axis in the middle. The left segment shows direct public funding and the right segment shows contributions. The Y-axis demarks each calendar year from 2000 to 2014, with the election years of 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 denoted.

The amounts of direct public funding and contributions per year from 2000 to 2014 in millions of dollars are:

2000:
Direct public funding - $32.8
Contributions - $124.8

2001:
Direct public funding - $0.0
Contributions - $42.2

2002:
Direct public funding - $0.6
Contributions - $39.9

2003:
Direct public funding - $0.3
Contributions - $65.9

2004:
Direct public funding - $96.2
Contributions - $70.1

2005:
Direct public funding - $29.9
Contributions - $57.7

2006:
Direct public funding - $92.7
Contributions - $83.8

2007:
Direct public funding - $32.7
Contributions - $44.9

2008:
Direct public funding - $95.5
Contributions - $74.0

2009:
Direct public funding - $31.2
Contributions - $52.2

2010:
Direct public funding - $30.7
Contributions - $47.8

2011:
Direct public funding - $93.7
Contributions - $74.5

2012:
Direct public funding - $26.2
Contributions - $49.7

2013:

Direct public funding - $18.4
Contributions - $53.5

2014:
Direct public funding - $10.6
Contributions - $64.7

Contributions peaked at $124.8 million in 2000 and range from $39.9 million to $83.8 million in subsequent years. Direct public funding during the 2000 election year was $32.8 million, and ranges from $92.7 to $96.2 million in election years after 2000 and from $0 million to $32.7 million in non-election years after 2000.

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

Direct public funding equals quarterly allowances, expenses reimbursements and audit subsidies.

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.

Bill C-13: An Act to implement certain provisions of the 2011 budget. This Act reduced direct public funding of federal registered political parties by phasing out quarterly allowances. The quarterly allowance was reduced each year starting in 2012 until it was eliminated in 2015.

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.