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Fundraising and Campaign Spending

Individuals cannot accept campaign contributions until they have been nominated as a candidate. Once your nomination has been filed, you are considered a candidate and subject to the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) rules regarding fundraising and campaign spending.

Candidates who had already begun campaigning for the 2021 General Election prior to the December 2018 amendments should review the Local Authorities Election Act (sections 147.94 to 147.96) for transitional provisions which addresses campaign contributions and expenses during that period.

The campaign period for the next General Election is January 1 to December 31, 2021.

Note: Municipal and School Board Elections are governed by the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), R.S.A. 2000, C L-21. The information on this page is provided for convenience of reference only. Additionally, candidates are subject to further requirements in the LAEA. Candidates are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.

Fundraising Contributions

Individual contributions are limited to a total of $4,000 for any/all municipal candidates and a total of $4,000 for any/all school board candidates. The same limit applies to self-funded campaigns. The contribution limit is per campaign period. The donation portion of fundraising contributions is subject to general contribution restrictions and limits.

It is the responsibility of the contributor to ensure, before making a contribution under the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), that the contributor is not prohibited from making a donation and is not making a contribution that is in excess of the $4,000 limit.

A candidate, self-funded or not, must open a campaign bank account once total contributions to the candidate’s campaign exceeds $1,000.

Campaign Spending

By way of a future provincial regulation, spending limits for municipal and school board elections will be established. Once the regulation is in place, no candidate and no chief financial officer of a candidate shall incur election expenses that exceed, in total, the amounts determined by the regulations.

A candidate who exceeds the limits determined by the regulation is liable to a fine of not more than $10,000.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that money in the campaign account is only used for the payment of campaign expenses as defined in section 147.1(1)(a) of the Local Authorities Election Act.

Note: Municipal and School Board Elections are governed by the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), R.S.A. 2000, C L-21. The information on this page is provided for convenience of reference only. Additionally, candidates are subject to further requirements in the LAEA. Candidates are advised to refer to the LAEA and obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.