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Provincial Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What provincial information is included in the Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System?
  2. What is the difference between the S-A1 and the S-A1-A form
  3. Where can I find the details for political contributions made to registered political entities prior to 2005?
  4. Are contributions to registered election advertising sponsors included
  5. Are contributions to recall or initiative participants included
  6. Why can’t I find contributors who made political contributions of $250 or less
  7. Are there limits to how much a contributor can give?
  8. Are any organizations prohibited from making political contributions
  9. What is a principal officer
  10. What is a filer type
  11. What is a class of contributor
  12. What is an affiliation
  13. What is an electoral district
  14. What does the information in the ED Boundary Established column mean?
  15. How can I find contributions made by a specific contributor
  16. Using the political contributions database, I entered a partial name in the contributor name box and did a search. The results show no contributors with that name but there are contributions listed. Why?
  17. How can I find contributions made to a specific candidate
  18. How can I find contributions made to a specific registered political party
  19. How do I view a financial report filed by a specific candidate?
  20. How do I view a financial report filed by a registered political party
  21. How do I search for all reports filed in relation to a specific event
  22. Why does it take so long to search? Is there a way to speed it up?
  23. Is it possible to determine who made political contributions at fundraising functions?
  24. Is it possible to determine if someone received a tax receipt for a contribution?
  25. How can I tell if a contribution was monetary or non-monetary?
  26. Who should I contact if I gave a political contribution to a political party or other filer, and my name is not reported as a contributor
  27. Who should I contact if I do not agree with the class of a contributor
  28. Why is the downloaded political contribution information saved as a text file (.txt) and not a spreadsheet like Excel?

  1. What provincial information is included in the Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System?

    The Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System has a database containing provincial information about contributors who, during a calendar year, election or leadership contest, made political contributions under the Election Act of money, property or services with a value greater than $250 to registered political parties, registered constituency associations, candidates, leadership contestants or nomination contestants.  Other disclosed information includes the date and value of the contributions and the type, or class, of contributor. If the contributor is a numbered corporation or an unincorporated organization, the names of two principal officers or directors must also be disclosed.

    Contributions to election advertising sponsors and to recall and initiative participants are not political contributions as defined by legislation and are not included in the political contributions database.

    The FRPC System also includes scanned images of all provincial financial reports filed with Elections BC, including those filed under the Election Act and the Recall and Initiative Act. TOP


  2. What is the difference between the S-A1 and the S-A1-A form?

    Form S-A1, Political Contributions of Money, Property or Services With a Value Greater Than $250, is used by provincial candidates, political parties, constituency associations, leadership contestants and nomination contestants to report contributors who made political contributions during the reporting period which have a total value of more than $250.

    Form S-A1-A, Combined Contributions to Political Party, Constituency Associations and Candidates With a Total Value Greater Than $250, is used by provincial political parties in their annual financial reports only. This form reports the political contributions made by contributors who, during the calendar year, made contributions to one or more of the registered political party, a registered constituency association for the party, or a candidate for the party that, in total, have a value of greater than $250.

    For example, if a contributor gave $100 to 10 candidates for the same party in the same calendar year, the contributor’s information would not appear on form S-A1 in the candidates’ reports because the contribution is $250 or less. However, the contributor’s information must be disclosed by the party on form S-A1-A because the combined total of political contributions is greater than $250 (10 candidates x $100 = $1,000). TOP


  3. Where can I find the details for political contributions made to registered political entities prior to 2005?

    The provincial information included in the political contributions database only contains political contributions made to registered political entities since January 1, 2005.

    Elections BC does not have a searchable database for political contributions made prior to 2005.  To view the details of political contributions made before 2005, please use the Search for Provincial Financial Reports screen.  You will need to search for the filer and report you are interested in, and view forms S-A1 and/or S-A1-A. TOP


  4. Are contributions to registered election advertising sponsors included?  

    No. Contributions to registered election advertising sponsors, also known as third-party advertisers, are not political contributions and are not included in the political contributions database.

    However, you can view all financial reports filed with Elections BC using the Search for Provincial Financial Reports screen. TOP


  5. Are contributions to recall or initiative participants included?

    No. Contributions under the Recall and Initiative Act are not political contributions and are not included in the political contributions database.

    However, you can view all financial reports filed with Elections BC using the Search for Provincial Financial Reports screen. TOP


  6. Why can’t I find contributors who made political contributions of $250 or less?

    The Election Act only requires detailed information about contributors who, during the reporting period, made one or more political contributions with a total value of more than $250.

    The aggregate value of the political contributions and the total number of the contributors who made contributions with a value of $250 or less during a reporting period can be found in the financial reports filed with Elections BC. TOP


  7. Are there limits to how much a contributor can give?

    The Election Act does not limit the amount of provincial political contributions that can be made by a contributor. The only contribution limits established under the Election Act are for anonymous contributions. TOP


  8. Are any organizations prohibited from making political contributions?

    Under the Election Act, the following organizations are prohibited from making provincial political contributions: 
    • charitable organizations
    • unregistered political parties and unregistered constituency associations
    • political parties or electoral district associations that are registered under the Canada Elections Act TOP


  9. What is a principal officer?

    A principal officer of an organization is usually a director of the organization, or if there are no directors, a principal member of the organization. For example, a president, a treasurer, etc. TOP


  10. What is a filer type?

    A filer type is the type of individual or organization registered with Elections BC and which files financial disclosure reports. The provincial filer types are:
    • political parties
    • candidates
    • constituency associations
    • leadership contestants
    • nomination contestants
    • election advertising sponsors
    • initiative petition proponents
    • initiative petition opponents
    • initiative petition advertising sponsors
    • initiative vote proponents
    • initiative vote opponents
    • initiative vote advertising sponsors
    • recall petition Members (MLA)
    • recall petition proponents
    • recall petition advertising sponsors TOP


  11. What is a class of contributor?

    The class is the type of contributor. The provincial classes are:
    1 – individuals
    2 – corporations
    3 – unincorporated organizations engaged in business or commercial activity (e.g. partnerships)
    4 – trade unions
    5 – non-profit organizations
    6 – other contributors TOP


  12. What is an affiliation?  

    The affiliation is the political party the filer is associated with. For example, a candidate who runs for the XYZ Party is affiliated with that party.

    Independent candidates and candidates not representing a registered political party do not have affiliations. Their affiliations will appear as either “Independent” or “Other” in the Affiliation drop down list in the FRPC System. TOP


  13. What is an electoral district?

    An electoral district is a geographical area defined in the Electoral Districts Act that is represented by a Member of the Legislative Assembly. They are also called constituencies or ridings.

    This column identifies the relevant ED for the filer.  This information does not always correspond to the electoral district where the contributor resides.

    Only the following filer types are registered for a specific electoral district:
    • candidates
    • constituency associations
    • nomination contestants
    • recall petition Members (MLA)
    • recall petition proponents
    • recall petition advertising sponsors TOP


  14. What does the information in the ED Boundary Established column mean?

    Electoral districts (ED) are reviewed and revised after every second general election.  If the filer you are searching is registered in relation to a specific electoral district, the year represents when the electoral district boundaries were established. 

    This year may, or may not, correspond to the year the filer was registered with Elections BC. TOP


  15. How can I find political contributions made by a specific contributor?

    On either the S-A1 or S-A1-A search screen, enter the contributor’s name or part of the name and click the Search button.

    Since the spelling of names can differ, unless you are absolutely sure of the spelling of the full name of the contributor you are looking for, it is best to enter the partial name and then scroll through the search results to find the contributor.

    You can edit or refine your search criteria by clicking the Modify Search button.TOP


  16. Using the political contributions database, I entered a partial name in the contributor name box and did a search. The results show no contributors with that name but there are contributions listed. Why?

    When the FRPC System searches by contributor name, it looks for contributors and principal officers with that name or partial name. There may be principal officers or other contributors with similar names to the contributor you searched for. TOP


  17. How can I find contributions made to a specific candidate?

    On the S-A1 search screen, select Candidate from the drop down box labeled Filer Type. In the box labeled Filer Name, select the name of the candidate you want to search for and click on the Search button.

    The search results will include contributions that the candidate received in relation to all elections they have participated in since 2005.  If you are only interested in political contributions made in relation to a single event, narrow your search results by using the contribution date fields. TOP


  18. How can I find contributions made to a specific registered political party?

    On the S-A1 search screen, select Political Party from the drop down box labeled Filer Type. In the box labeled Filer Name, select the name of the political party you want to search for and click on the Search button. TOP


  19. How do I view a financial report filed by a specific candidate?

    On the Search for Provincial Financial Reports screen, select Candidate from the drop down box labeled Filer Type. In the box labeled Filer Name, select the name of the candidate you want to search for and click on the Search button.

    The search results will include financial reports in relation to each election the candidate participated in.  If you are interested in a single election, you can narrow your search results by selecting an event name as part of the search criteria.  TOP


  20. How do I view the financial reports filed by a registered political party?

    On the Search for Provincial Financial Reports screen, select Political Party from the drop down box labeled Filer Type. In the box labeled Filer Name, select the name of the political party you want to search for and click on the Search button. TOP


  21. How do I search for all reports filed in relation to a specific event?

    To search for financial reports filed with Elections BC in relation to a specific event, select an event using the Event Name drop down box.  For example, if you’re looking for all financial reports filed in relation to the Vancouver-Burrard 2008 By-election, select this event from the drop down box. TOP


  22. Why does it take so long to search? Is there a way to speed it up?

    Yes. You can speed up the search results by narrowing your search. The more fields you select, the faster your results will be. TOP

  23. Is it possible to determine who made political contributions at fundraising functions?

    It is not possible to identify who made political contributions at fundraising functions. However, the names of contributors who, during the reporting period, made one or more political contributions, whether at a fundraising function or not, with a total value greater than $250 can be found in the FRPC System. TOP


  24. Is it possible to determine if someone received a tax receipt for a contribution?

    No. However, the total dollar value of all income tax receipts issued by a filer during the reporting period is reported on the Summary of Political Contributions by Class form (Sm-C).  You can view this form by using the Search for Provincial Financial Reports screen.  You will need to search for the filer and the report you are interested in viewing. TOP


  25. How can I tell if a political contribution was monetary or non-monetary?

    You cannot tell from the information in the political contributions database if a political contribution was monetary or for goods or services. The total value of political contributions reported includes contributions of money and the fair market value of contributed goods and services.

    However, the Summary of Political Contributions by Class form (Sm-C) contains a summary of this information.  You can view this form by using the Search for Provincial Financial Reports screen.  You will need to search for the filer and the report you are interested in viewing.  TOP


  26. Who should I contact if I gave a political contribution to a political party or other filer, and my name is not reported as a contributor?

    If the total value of all political contributions that you made to a political entity during a calendar year or election had a value greater than $250, but your name is not reported, please contact the financial agent for the political entity and Elections BC. TOP


  27. Who should I contact if I do not agree with the class of a contributor?

    Please contact the financial agent for the political entity and Elections BC. TOP


  28. Why is the downloaded political contribution information saved as a text file (.txt) and not a spreadsheet like Excel?

    There are thousands of records in some of the downloadable political contribution files. There are no limitations on the number of records that can be saved in a text file (.txt). Some versions of Excel will not allow more than 65,536 records and would not allow you to save all political contribution records. TOP