Canada Elections Act (S.C. 2000, c. 9)

Act current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

Division 2General Financial Provisions

Contributions

Marginal note:Ineligible contributors
  •  (1) No person or entity other than an individual who is a citizen or permanent resident as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act shall make a contribution to a registered party, a registered association, a candidate, a leadership contestant or a nomination contestant.

  • Marginal note:Return of contributions

    (2) If a registered party, a registered association, a candidate, a leadership contestant or a nomination contestant receives a contribution from an ineligible contributor, the chief agent of the registered party, the financial agent of the registered association, the official agent of the candidate or the financial agent of the leadership contestant or nomination contestant, as the case may be, shall, within 30 days after becoming aware of the ineligibility, return the contribution unused to the contributor or, if that is not possible, pay the amount of it or, in the case of a non-monetary contribution, an amount of money equal to its commercial value, to the Chief Electoral Officer who shall forward that amount to the Receiver General.

  • Marginal note:Provincial divisions

    (3) For greater certainty, contributions to and expenses of a provincial division of a registered party are contributions to and expenses of the party. Similarly, transfers to or by the division are transfers to or by the party.

  • Marginal note:Registered agents

    (4) A provincial division of a registered party may, subject to any terms and conditions that it specifies, appoint registered agents. This Act applies to those agents as if they were registered agents appointed by the party under subsection 375(1).

  • 2000, c. 9, s. 404;
  • 2001, c. 27, s. 214;
  • 2003, c. 19, s. 24.

 [Repealed, 2006, c. 9, s. 43]

Marginal note:Contributions — inclusions and exclusions
  •  (1) Any money that is used for a candidate’s, leadership contestant’s or nomination contestant’s campaign out of the candidate’s or contestant’s own funds is considered to be a contribution for the purposes of this Act.

  • Marginal note:Exclusion for goods and services — registered parties, registered associations and candidates

    (2) A provision of goods or services is permitted and is not a contribution for the purposes of this Act if it is

    • (a) from a registered party to an electoral district association of the party or a candidate endorsed by the party;

    • (b) from a registered association to the party with which it is affiliated, another registered association of the party or a candidate endorsed by the party;

    • (c) from a candidate endorsed by a registered party to the party or a registered association of the party; or

    • (d) from a candidate to himself or herself in his or her capacity as a nomination contestant in respect of the same election.

  • Marginal note:Exclusion for funds — registered parties, registered associations and candidates

    (2.1) A transfer of funds is permitted and is not a contribution for the purposes of this Act if it is

    • (a) from a registered party to an electoral district association of the party;

    • (b) from a registered association to the party with which it is affiliated or another registered association of the party;

    • (c) from a candidate endorsed by a registered party to the party or a registered association of the party; or

    • (d) from a candidate to himself or herself in his or her capacity as a nomination contestant in respect of the same election.

  • Marginal note:Exclusion for funds other than trust funds — registered parties and registered associations

    (2.2) A transfer of funds, other than trust funds, is permitted and is not a contribution for the purposes of this Act if it is

    • (a) from a registered party to a candidate endorsed by the party; or

    • (b) from a registered association to a candidate endorsed by the party with which the association is affiliated.

  • Marginal note:Exclusions — leadership contestants and nomination contestants

    (3) A transfer of funds is permitted and is not a contribution for the purposes of this Act if it is

    • (a) from a leadership contestant of a registered party to the party or a registered association of the party;

    • (b) from a nomination contestant of a registered party to the party, the registered association of the party that held the nomination contest or the official agent of the candidate endorsed by the party in the electoral district in which the nomination contest was held; or

    • (c) from a registered party to a leadership contestant with funds from a directed contribution referred to in subsection 404.3(3).

  • (4) [Repealed, 2006, c. 9, s. 44]

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (5) The provision, by an employer, of a paid leave of absence during an election period to an employee for the purpose of allowing the employee to be a nomination contestant or candidate is not a contribution.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (6) The payment by an individual during a year of fees of not more than $25 per year in relation to a period of not more than 5 years for membership in a registered party is not a contribution.

  • Marginal note:Contribution

    (7) For greater certainty, the payment by or on behalf of an individual of fees to attend an annual, biennial or leadership convention of a particular registered party is a contribution to that party.

  • 2003, c. 19, s. 24;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 44.