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Local Elections Tips on Searching

There are two different local searches you can do in the Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System:

  • Search for Local Elections Disclosure Statements
  • Search for Local Elections Significant Contributors

The tips below will help you understand how to use the system by describing each of the different search criteria. Selecting more criteria is an effective way to quickly narrow down your search and increase the relevance of the search results.

To view scanned images of local elections disclosure statements filed under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), including amendments, use Search for Local Elections Disclosure Statements.

  1. Searching for local elections disclosure statements
  2. Searching by partial filer name
  3. Searching by endorsement
  4. Searching by filer type
  5. Searching by office, jurisdiction type or jurisdiction
  6. Searching by filer name
  7. Searching by event name
  8. The results screen
  9. The disclosure statement listing screen
  10. To view campaign contributions made under LECFA, use Search for Local Elections Significant Contributors.

  11. Searching for local elections significant contributors
  12. Searching by partial contributor name
  13. Searching for contributions made to a particular elector organization and its endorsed candidates
  14. Searching for contributions made in relation to a particular event
  15. Searching by filer type
  16. Searching by office, jurisdiction type or jurisdiction
  17. Searching for contributions to a specific candidate or elector organization
  18. Searching by dates
  19. The results screen
  20. Downloading campaign contribution data


1. Searching for local elections disclosure statements

This search allows you to select and view scanned images of local elections disclosure statements filed with Elections BC.

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2. Searching by partial filer name

To view a disclosure statement filed for a particular individual or organization, enter part of their name into the box labelled Partial Filer Name and click the Search button. The FRPC System will search for all filers with that name, or part of that name, and display matches in the search results screen.

The system does not recognize wildcards (e.g., *). Unless you are absolutely sure of the spelling of the full name of the filer you are looking for, it is better to enter only the last name, or part of the last name, and then scroll through the search results to find the particular disclosure statement you want. Alternatively, you can use the Filer Name drop-down box in the search criteria.

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3. Searching by endorsement

The Endorsement drop-down box lists the names of elector organizations that have endorsed at least one candidate. Candidates who did not run with an elector organization do not have an endorsement.

If you want to search for all disclosure statements filed by a particular elector organization and its endorsed candidates, choose that elector organization’s name from the Endorsement drop-down box.

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4. Searching by filer type

Filer type is the type of individual or organization that files disclosure statements with Elections BC. For local elections, the filer types are:

  • candidates
  • elector organizations
  • third party sponsors
  • assent voting advertising sponsors

You can limit your search to a particular filer type by selecting an option in the Filer Type drop-down box.

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5. Searching by office, jurisdiction type or jurisdiction

The Office drop-down box contains the different offices for which a candidate could run for election (e.g., mayor, councillor, board of education trustee, etc.).

Selecting an option from the Jurisdiction Type drop-down box will filter the options available in the Jurisdiction drop-down box. For example, if you select “school district” as the jurisdiction type, the Jurisdiction drop-down box will only contain school districts.

The jurisdiction is the municipality, school district, regional district, etc., in which an election is held. If you want to search for disclosure statements made to candidates or elector organizations in a particular jurisdiction, select the name of the jurisdiction from the Jurisdiction drop-down box.

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6. Searching by filer name

The Filer Name drop-down box contains the names of all entities (i.e., individuals and organizations) that have filed a local elections disclosure statement with Elections BC. If you want to view all disclosure statements submitted for a specific entity, you can select their name from this list.

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7. Searching by event name

Event name is the particular event (e.g., a specific general local election, by-election or non-election assent voting) for which a disclosure statement was filed. You can limit your search to a particular event by selecting an event name from the Event Name drop-down box.

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8. The results screen

When you have selected your search criteria, click the Search button. The FRPC System will look for disclosure statements that match the criteria you selected.

The search results will appear on the screen in a table format. Your search criteria will appear in a smaller table near the top of the screen. You can change your search criteria by clicking the Modify Search button.

On the search results table, you can sort the data alphabetically (A to Z) by clicking on a column heading. For example, if you want to group all candidate results together, click on the Filer Type column heading. Click on the column heading again to sort the data in reverse alphabetical order (Z to A). You can only sort by one column at a time.

The search results screen displays up to 50 records on a page. If your search returns more than 50 results, you must click on the other page numbers which are shown both above the search results column headings and below the last contribution record on each page.

The column headings for the search results are explained below:


Filer Name The name of the individual or organization that filed the disclosure statement. For individuals, it is displayed as “Last Name, First Name.”
Disclosure Statement Name The name of the disclosure statement.
Filer Type The type of individual or organization (i.e., candidate, elector organization, third party sponsor, assent voting advertising sponsor) that filed the disclosure statement.
Endorsement If applicable, the name of the elector organization that endorsed the candidate. This field will be blank for candidates not endorsed by an elector organization and all other filer types.
Jurisdiction The jurisdiction is the municipality, school district, regional district, etc., in relation to which a candidate, elector organization or non-election assent voting advertising sponsor filed a disclosure statement. This field will be blank for third party sponsors.
Office The office for which a candidate ran (e.g., mayor, councillor, board of education trustee, etc.). This field will be blank for all filer types other than candidates.

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9. The disclosure statement listing screen

Once you have selected which disclosure statement you want to view, the disclosure statement listing screen will appear.

The column headings for this screen are explained below:

Version The original disclosure statement as filed with Elections BC and all amended versions of the disclosure statement are listed. The most recent version will appear at the top of the list.
PDF Click to view the disclosure statement as a PDF file.
For Dial-up Users For users with dial-up Internet connection, click to view the disclosure statement page by page.
Date Filed The date (YYYY/MM/DD) the disclosure statement (or amendment) was filed with Elections BC.

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10. Searching for local elections significant contributors

This search allows you to find information for significant contributors who made one or more campaign contributions of money, property or services under LECFA with a total value of $100 or more to a single candidate or elector organization in relation to a specific event. These contributions are disclosed in a candidate’s or an elector organization’s disclosure statement.

Contributions made to third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors are not campaign contributions as defined by LECFA and therefore are not included in the campaign contributions database.

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11. Searching by partial contributor name

To determine if a particular person or organization contributed $100 or more to a single candidate or elector organization in a local election, enter part of their name into the box labelled Partial Contributor Name and click the Search button. The FRPC System will search for all significant contributors (and directors or principal officials of contributing organizations) with that name or part of that name. The results will show the name of the contributor, the name of the candidate or elector organization that accepted the contribution, the value of the contribution and the date it was made. It will also show the class of the contributor and, for organizations, the names of two directors of the organization.

For example, if you enter “Smith” in the contributor name field, the FRPC System will search for all contributors and directors with Smith in any part of their name, including Smith, Smithson, Smithfield, Ladysmith, etc.

The system does not recognize wildcards (e.g., *). Since the spelling of names can differ and some names include middle names, unless you are absolutely sure of the spelling of the full name of the contributor you are searching for, it is best to enter only the last name and then scroll through the search results to find the particular contributor.

For example, if you want to know whether John Smith made a campaign contribution of $100 or more to any filer and you entered “John Smith” in the box labelled Partial Contributor Name, you would not see contributors named John Adam Smith in the search results.

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12. Searching for contributions made to a particular elector organization or its endorsed candidates

The Endorsement drop-down box lists the names of elector organizations that have endorsed at least one candidate. Candidates who did not run with an elector organization do not have an endorsement.

If you want to search for all significant contributors that contributed $100 or more to a particular elector organization or its endorsed candidates, choose that elector organization’s name from the Endorsement drop-down box.

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13. Searching for contributions made in relation to a particular event

If you want to know who provided campaign contributions of $100 or more to any candidate or elector organization that participated in a particular event, choose that event in the Event Name drop-down box.

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14. Searching by filer type

The filer type is the type of individual or organization to whom a campaign contribution was made.

For local elections, the following filer types disclose campaign contribution information to Elections BC:

  • candidates
  • elector organizations

To limit your search to a particular filer type, select a filer type from the Filer Type drop-down box.

Contributions made to third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors are not campaign contributions as defined by LECFA and therefore are not included in the campaign contributions database.

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15. Searching by office, jurisdiction type or jurisdiction

If you want to know who provided campaign contributions of $100 or greater to candidates for a particular office, choose that office from the Office drop-down box.

Selecting an option from the Jurisdiction Type drop-down box will filter the options available in the Jurisdiction drop-down box. For example, if you select “school district” as the jurisdiction type, then the Jurisdiction drop-down box will only contain school districts.

The jurisdiction is the municipality, school district, regional district, etc., in which an election is held. If you want to search for campaign contributions made to candidates or elector organizations in a particular jurisdiction, select the name of the jurisdiction from the Jurisdiction drop-down box.

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16. Searching for contributions to a particular candidate or elector organization

If you want to know who gave campaign contributions to a particular candidate, select that candidate’s name from the Filer Name drop-down list. All contributors who gave $100 or more to that candidate will appear in your search results.

The same applies to elector organizations. Select the organization’s name from the Filer Name drop-down list and click Search.

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17. Searching by dates

To search for campaign contributions made on a specific date or within a specific date range, select those dates by using the Contribution Date From and Contribution Date To drop-down boxes.

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18. The results screen

Once you have selected your search criteria, click the Search button. The FRPC System will look for campaign contributions that match the criteria you selected.

The search results will appear on the screen in a table format. Your search criteria will also appear in a smaller table near the top of the screen. From the search results screen, you can:

  • change your search criteria by clicking the Modify Search button
  • print your search results by clicking the Printer Friendly button, or
  • save your search results into a file that you can view later by clicking the Download Search Results button

In the search results table, you can sort the data by clicking on a column heading. For example, if you want to sort by the amount of the contribution, click on the column heading Amount and the search results will be displayed from the lowest amount to the highest amount. Click on the column heading again to change the order from highest to lowest. You can only sort by one column at a time.

The search results screen displays up to 50 records on a page. If your search returns more than 50 results, you must click on the other page numbers which are shown both above the search results column headings and below the last contribution record on the page.

The column headings for the search results are explained below:

Contributor Name The name of the individual or organization that made the contribution. For individuals, it is displayed as “Last Name, First Name.”
Date The date the contribution was made.
Amount The dollar value of the contribution. For in-kind contributions of goods and services, this is the market value.
Class The class of the contributor. The classes are: 1 – Individuals 2 – Corporations 3 – Unincorporated organizations engaged in business or commercial activity (e.g., sole proprietorship or partnerships) 4 – Trade unions 5 – Non-profit organizations 6 – Other identifiable contributors
Director 1 and Director 2 Class 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 contributors must disclose the names of two directors or principal officials. If there is only one director, the second entry will state “sole director” or “sole proprietor.”
Filer Name The name of the candidate or elector organization that received the contribution.
Filer Type Indicates whether the filer was a candidate or an elector organization.
Endorsement The name of the elector organization that endorsed the candidate. This field will be blank for candidates not endorsed by an elector organization and all other filer types.
Jurisdiction The jurisdiction is the municipality, school district, regional district, etc., in which a candidate ran or an elector organization endorsed candidates.

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19. Downloading campaign contribution data

You can download all the campaign contribution data directly from the search screens by clicking: “To download all contributions data from significant contributions forms, click here.” However, it may take several minutes to download all the data.

Faster downloads can be done by narrowing your search, as discussed above, and clicking the Download Search Results button on the search results screen.

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