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Can I make a campaign contribution?

You can make a campaign contribution if you are:

  • a resident of B.C., and
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Organizations cannot make campaign contributions or reimburse individuals for making campaign contributions.

What is a campaign contribution?

A campaign contribution is the amount of money, or the value of non-monetary property or services, provided without compensation to a local elections candidate or elector organization for campaign use. It also includes:

  • property or services provided at less than market value to a candidate or elector organization,
  • property or services purchased from a candidate or elector organization above market value,
  • fundraising function tickets greater than $50, or
  • membership fees for an elector organization.

Can I be reimbursed for my contribution?

No. Campaign contributions must be made using an individual’s own money or property. Campaign contributions cannot be made indirectly with the money or property of another person, or be reimbursed by another person.

How much can I contribute?

For 2021, you can give a total of $1,239.18 to a local elections candidate or elector organization.

In the year of a general local election or local by-election, unendorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,200 to their own campaign, and a group of endorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,200 in total to the campaign of the elector organization. The campaign contribution limit is adjusted at the start of each calendar year.

Will I get a tax receipt?

No. Campaign contributions to local elections candidates and elector organizations are not eligible for tax receipts.