Contact Elections BC if you have questions about campaign financing, election advertising and third party sponsor rules.
Elections BC Expense Limits
Elections BC sets the maximum expense limits for each municipality in Local Government Elections:
A campaign contribution is the value of any money, property or services provided without compensation to a candidate for campaign use. A campaign contribution can be made at any time. A campaign contribution can be a donation of money or goods, advance, deposit or discount. Campaign contributions of money can be made by cash, cheque, credit card or electronic funds transfer. If a candidate gives money to their own campaign it is a campaign contribution and must be recorded and disclosed in the same way as all other campaign contributions.
Campaign contributions can only be made by eligible individuals and cannot be made by organizations or any other individuals.
An eligible individual is:
Campaign contribution limits applicable to candidates in 2022
Part 5.1 of Local Elections Campaign Financing Expense Limit Regulation — Campaign Contribution Limits states:
1) This section applies to campaign contribution limits for 2022 in relation to the 2022 general local election.
2) Despite section 30.04 (1) [campaign contributions limits for 2019 and subsequent years] of the Act, a campaign contribution limit of $2 500:
For 2022, you can give a total of $1,250.00 to a local elections candidate or elector organization per campaign. In the year of a general local election or local by-election, unendorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,250 to their own campaign, and a group of endorsed candidates may contribute an additional $1,250 in total to the campaign of the elector organization.The campaign contribution limit is adjusted at the start of each calendar year.
Local Elections Campaign Financing
PO Box 9275 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9J6
Financial agents are responsible for filing disclosure statements with Elections BC. A disclosure statement includes information on all campaign contributions, election expenses, transfers, surplus campaign funds and other transactions related to the campaign A disclosure statement must be filed for every elector organization All disclosure statements must be completed on Elections BC forms.
Financial agents are responsible for filing disclosure statements even if there were few or no financial transactions. Responsible principal officials also have a responsibility to ensure that their financial agents file their disclosure statements. Disclosure statements can be filed by:
Disclosure Statement Filing Deadline
The filing deadline for disclosure statements is 4:30 p m (Pacific time), 90 days after General Voting Day.
Disclosure statements filed by the filing deadline are accepted as long as the disclosure requirements are met If a disclosure statement requires additional information before it can be accepted, Elections BC will contact the financial agent to give them an opportunity to make the required corrections If a financial agent does not meet the 90 day deadline, they may file the disclosure statement under the late filing provisions discussed below.
The BC Chief Electoral Officer may grant extensions to the filing deadline in extraordinary circumstances. Requests for extensions must be made in writing to the BC Chief Electoral Officer before the 90 day filing deadline.
FORMS FOR CANDIDATES
CAMPAIGN FINANCING DISCLOSURE STATEMENT FILING DEADLINE: Friday, January 13, 2022
CAMPAIGN FINANCING DISCLOSURE STATEMENT LATE FILING DEADLINE with $500.00 FILING FEE: Monday, February 13, 2023
Elections BC Candidate Disclosure Statement Forms
Elections BC - Disclosure Statement Cover Page (4300)
Elections BC - Campaign Financing Summary (4301)
Elections BC - Summary of Campaign Contributions (4302)
Elections BC - Significant Contributors ($100 or more) (4303)
Elections BC - Permissible Loans Received (4304)
Elections BC - Other Deposits into Campaign Account and In-Kind Transfers (4305)
Elections BC - Prohibited Campaign Contributions and Loans (4306)
Elections BC - Summary of Election Expenses (4307)
Elections BC - Shared Election Expenses (4308)
Elections BC - Other Payments from Campaign Account and In-Kind Transfers (4309)
Elections BC - Fundraising Function (4310)
Elections BC - Disbursement of Surplus Funds (4311)
Elections BC - Former Financial Agents and Free Advertising from Jurisdiction (4312)
Elections BC Campaign Financing Arrangement Forms
Elections BC - Campaign Financing Arrangement Information Sheet (4920A)
Elections BC - Campaign Financing Arrangement (4920)
Elections BC - Amendment of a Campaign Financing Arrangement Information Sheet (4921A)
Elections BC - Amendment of a Campaign Financing Arrangement (4921)
Elections BC - Notification of Termination of a Campaign Financing Arrangement Information Sheet (4922A)
Elections BC - Notification of Termination of a Campaign Financing Arrangement (4922)
Visit elections.bc.ca for a full list of Elections BC Local Elections Forms
District of Houston Chief Elections Officer Contact Information:
Madelaine Swift, Chief Elections Officer
PO Box 370 | Houston, BC | V0J 1Z0
3367 - 12th Street