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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 Political Contributions search and the Combined Political Contributions search?
  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 in the contribution searches?
  5. Are contributions to recall or initiative participants included in the contribution searches?
  6. There are no contributor names published for “Total Contributions of $250 or Less” – what is the difference between those contributions and “Permitted Anonymous Contributions”?
  7. What does the information in the ED Boundary Established column mean?
  8. Using the political contributions database, I entered a partial name in the Partial Contributor Name box and clicked Search. The results show no contributors with that name but there are contributions listed. Why?
  9. For the Political Contributions search, I selected an event from the drop down box. Why can’t I also select a contribution date?
  10. Is it possible to determine who made political contributions at fundraising functions?
  11. Is it possible to determine if someone received a tax receipt for a contribution?
  12. Is it possible to determine if a political contribution was monetary or non-monetary?
  13. Who should I contact if I made a political contribution and my name is not reported as a contributor, or my contribution is not reported correctly?
  14. Why are there multiple versions of the same financial report published? Which one should I look at?
  15. I cannot find a financial report for an organization who participated in a previous election. Why?
  16. Who should I contact if I do not agree with the information reported?
  17. 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 is a database containing:

    • Scanned images of all provincial financial reports filed with Elections BC, including those filed under the Election Act and the Recall and Initiative Act.
    • Political contributions made to registered political parties, registered constituency associations, candidates, leadership contestants or nomination contestants, including:
      • Contribution details for contributors who made political contributions under the Election Act of money, property or services with a value greater than $250
      • Total permitted anonymous contributions
      • Total contributions of $250 or less
    • Combined Political Contributions reported by political parties.

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

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  2. What is the difference between the Political Contributions search and the Combined Political Contributions search?

    The Political Contributions search searches for contributions reported on form Sm-C (Summary of Political Contributions), which includes forms S-A1 (Political Contributions of Money, Property or Services With a Value Greater Than $250) and S-A2 (Permitted Anonymous Contributions Accepted at Functions). These forms are used by provincial candidates, political parties, constituency associations, leadership contestants and nomination contestants to disclose political contributions made during the applicable reporting period.

    The Combined Political Contributions search searches for contributions disclosed on form S-A1-A (Combined Contributions to Political Party, Constituency Associations and Candidates With a Total Value Greater Than $250). Form S-A1-A is only used by provincial political parties in their annual financial reports and deregistration financial reports. 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, a contributor gave $100 to 10 candidates for the same party in the same calendar year:

    The name of the contributor would not appear in the Political Contribution search because the total contributed to each candidate is $250 or less. Instead, the contributions would appear in the candidates’ total contributions by class.

    However, the contributor’s information and each individual contribution would appear in the Combined Political Contribution search because the combined total of political contributions is greater than $250 (10 candidates x $100 = $1,000), and must be reported on the party’s form S-A1-A.

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  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 Provincial Financial Reports screen. You will need to search for the filer and report you are interested in, and view forms Sm-C, S-A1 and/or S-A1-A.

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  4. Are contributions to registered election advertising sponsors included in the contribution searches?

    No. Contributions to registered election advertising sponsors, also known as third party sponsors, 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 Provincial Financial Reports screen.

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  5. Are contributions to recall or initiative participants included in the contribution searches?

    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 Provincial Financial Reports screen.

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  6. There are no contributor names published for “Total Contributions of $250 or Less” – what is the difference between those contributions and “Permitted Anonymous Contributions”?

    Anonymous contributions must be less than $50 each and can only be accepted in response to a general solicitation for funds at an event held by on behalf of the individual or organization to whom the contribution is given, and have a value of less than $50, i.e. a pass the hat.

    For all other contributions, the financial agent must record specific information for each contribution they receive, including the full name and address of the contributor, the class of the contributor, and the contribution date and amount. If that contributor makes one or more political contributions during the reporting period that total more than $250, the Election Act requires all of this information, except for the address, to be disclosed in the financing report. For all other contributions, the Act does not require contributor information to be disclosed, so they are reported as an accumulated total.

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  7. 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 in this column represents when the electoral district boundaries were established.

    This information does not indicate the year the filer was registered with Elections BC.

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  8. Using the political contributions database, I entered a partial name in the Partial Contributor Name box and clicked Search. The results show no contributors with that name but there are contributions listed. Why?

    When the FRPC System searches by partial contributor name, it looks for contributor and principal officer names that include the text entered in the Partial Contributor Name box. There may be principal officers or other contributors with similar names to the contributor you searched for.

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  9. For the Political Contributions search, I selected an event from the drop down box. Why can’t I also select a contribution date?

    Financial reports have different reporting periods depending on the event and the filer type.

    For example, annual financial reports for constituency associations and political parties contain political contributions made during the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31, while election financing reports are from January 1 to General Voting Day. Candidate and leadership contestant financing reports have no specific reporting period, and must include all transactions in relation to their campaign.

    If an event is selected from the Event Name drop down, the contribution date fields are greyed out in order to ensure that all applicable search results are returned. If you would like to filter those search results further, this can be done by downloading the contribution information.

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  10. 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.

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

    It is not possible to determine if a specific contributor received a tax receipt for their contribution. 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 Provincial Financial Reports screen. You will need to search for the filer and the report you are interested in viewing.

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  12. Is it possible to determine if a political contribution was monetary or non-monetary?

    It is not possible to determine 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 or 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 Provincial Financial Reports screen. You will need to search for the filer and the report you are interested in viewing.

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  13. Who should I contact if I made a political contribution and my name is not reported as a contributor, or my contribution is not reported correctly?

    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, and your name is not disclosed, please contact the financial agent for the political entity and Elections BC.

    Likewise, if your contribution has been reported incorrectly, please contact the financial agent for the political entity and Elections BC.

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  14. Why are there multiple versions of the same financial reports published? Which one should I look at?

    All financial reports are published in FRPC as they are filed with Elections BC.

    If there are any changes to the information disclosed in a report, an amended report must be filed. Once the amended report has been filed, the amendment is scanned and posted in FRPC.

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  15. I cannot find a financial report for an organization who participated in a previous election. Why?

    Filers are identified in FRPC by their current name. If an organization has changed their name, the previous name may not be included in the Filer Name dropdown, and all previous reports filed by that organization will be updated with the current name.

    If you cannot find the filer you are looking for using the current name, please contact Elections BC.

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  16. Who should I contact if I do not agree with the information reported?

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

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  17. 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 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 download all political contribution records.

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