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There are a number of important rules about how money can be contributed to support candidates and how those contributions can be spent.

During the campaign period, candidates can raise funds to support their election campaigns.

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

Candidates should become familiar with Part 5.1 Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA).

Campaign Bank Accounts

Candidates must open specific bank accounts for their campaign finances:

  • Prior to submitting nomination forms and deposit
  • As soon as possible once contributions exceed $1,000

Campaign bank accounts must:

  • Be opened with a financial institution
  • Be in the name of the candidate or the candidate’s campaign
  • Contain all monetary contributions received by the candidate
  • Be used to pay for all expenses incurred by the candidate

Account details must be reported to Edmonton Elections using Form 5 - Candidate Information.

Please bring a completed Form 5 with you when submitting your nomination forms.

Contributions

A contribution is something given to a candidate to support their campaign. This could be money, use of property or a service.

Before the campaign period

  • Aspiring candidates can collect contributions before the campaign period.
  • The total of these contributions cannot exceed $5,000 per year.

During the campaign period

  • Only candidates can receive contributions during the campaign period.
  • Only individuals who live in Alberta can contribute to a candidate’s campaign. Corporations, unincorporated organizations, employee organizations and trade unions are prohibited from making contributions. 
  • Candidates must not accept anonymous contributions.
  • The Government of Alberta sets limits on the amount that can be contributed to a candidate’s campaign.
  • Individuals can contribute up to $5,000 in total to a candidate’s campaign during the campaign period.
  • Individuals can contribute to as many campaigns as they choose. 
  • Candidates can self-fund their campaigns. Those contributions cannot exceed $10,000 during the campaign period. 

Know your contributors
Candidates must make every reasonable effort to advise prospective contributors of the financing regulations described in Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA).

Contribution receipts
Candidates or their designates are required by the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) to:

  • Provide a receipt for every contribution accepted
  • Retain a receipt for every incurred expense

Issued receipts should include:

  • Name of the candidate or campaign
  • Name of the contributor
  • Amount or value of contribution
  • Type of contribution 

Fundraising events
If the fundraising event is a ticketed event, candidates can determine how the contribution amount is calculated in one of two ways:

  1. Determine the difference between the cost of the ticket and the value of the goods or service available to the attendees
  2. Use the method below:
Cost of ticket Expense Contribution/Receipt

$50 or less*

*not considered a contributor unless contributor requests as such

50% ($25) 50% ($25)
$50.01 to $100 Up to $25 The balance
$100.01 or more Up to 25% Minimum of 75%

 

Expenses

An expense is a cost incurred by a candidate’s campaign for something that is used to directly promote a candidate. Expenses are paid for by contributions. 

The Government of Alberta can set expense limits for election campaigns. No expense limits have been set for the 2021 Edmonton Election. 

Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement

The campaign disclosure statement is a record of expenses incurred and contributions received by a candidate during the campaign period. It must be filed by March 1, 2022.

The campaign disclosure statement includes:

  • Total contributions
  • Source of contributions
  • Total expenses

You must disclose:

  • The name and address of individuals who contribute more than $50.
  • The amount received outside of campaign period. Please remember that there is a $5,000 limit in non-election years.
  • Itemized list of expenses.

The Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement Form requires candidates to disclose the total contributions they received before and during the campaign period.

Refer to Part 5.1 of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA) for complete information on the candidate disclosure statement.

A candidate must retain all campaign financing records for three years, following March 1, 2022.

If your total expenses or contributions are $50,000 or more you must file a review engagement with a disclosure statement. A review engagement is a review of financial records conducted by a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Surplus and Deficit

A candidate has a surplus when the amount of their total contributions exceeds their total expenses during the campaign period.

A candidate has a deficit when the amount of their total expenses exceeds their total contributions.

Surplus
Candidates must take action to address their surplus within 60 days of filing their campaign disclosure statement.

If the surplus is less than $1000, candidates can:

  • Retain the surplus
  • Donate all or a portion to a registered charity

If the surplus is more than $1,000, candidates must:

  • Donate all or a portion to a registered charity

The remaining surplus must total less than $1,000.

Candidates who donate all or a portion of their surplus must file an amended disclosure that confirms that their surplus has been addressed.

A candidate has a deficit when the amount of their total expenses exceeds their total contributions.

Deficit
Candidates must take action to eliminate their deficit within 60 days of filing their campaign disclosure statement.

Candidates may receive contributions to do this, including self-funded contributions. 

Contribution limits apply to those received to eliminate a deficit.

Candidates must file an amended disclosure that confirms their deficit has been eliminated. 

For More Information

Edmonton Elections

16304 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
T5M 3R8

Telephone

780-496-8008

Fax 780-498-7058
Email elections@edmonton.ca
Website https://www.edmonton.ca/elections

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