Changes in Provincial and Local Political Contribution Limits


British Columbia (Notice)

On January 12, 2023 Elections BC issued a notice to comply with section 270.01 of the Election Act, section 166.01 of the Recall and Initiative Act, and section 30.04 of the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act advising of an adjustment to the Contribution Limits for 2023.

The limit for contributions to: provincial political parties, constituency associations, nomination contestants, candidates, leadership contestants, third party advertising sponsors, and recall campaigns is $1,401.40; and the limit for contributions to: local candidates, elector organizations, and third party advertising sponsors is $1,324.00.

Note that the Chief Electoral Officer must publish adjusted amounts at the start of each year. Since 2018, the provincial contribution limits have been adjusted for changes to the consumer price index (CPI); while the local contribution limit has been adjusted for the changes to the CPI since 2022.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) represents changes in prices as experienced by Canadian consumers. It measures price change by comparing, through time, the cost of a fixed basket of goods and services.

The goods and services in the CPI basket are divided into 8 major components: Food; Shelter; Household operations, furnishings and equipment; Clothing and footwear; Transportation; Health and personal care; Recreation, education and reading, and Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and recreational cannabis. CPI data are published at various levels of geography including Canada, the ten provinces, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit, and select cities.

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