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There are three different searches in relation to provincial political entities that you can do in the Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System:

  • Search for Financial Reports
  • Search for Political Contributions
  • Search for Combined Political Contributions
To view scanned images of provincial financial reports, including their amendments, you can use the Financial Reports search.

  1. Financial reports search
  2. Searching for financial reports by partial filer name
  3. Searching for financial reports by affiliation
  4. Searching for financial reports by filer type
  5. Searching for financial reports by electoral district
  6. Searching for financial reports by filer name
  7. Searching for financial reports by event name
  8. Speeding up your search
  9. The results screen
  10. The report listing screen

To view political contributions made under the Election Act, you can use the Political Contributions Search and Combined Political Contributions searches.

  1. Political contributions search
  2. Combined political contributions search
  3. Searching for contributions by contributor name
  4. Searching for contributions by affiliation (including contributions made to candidates, contestants and constituency associations of a political party)
  5. Searching for contributions by filer type
  6. Searching for contributions by electoral district
  7. Searching for contributions by filer name
  8. Searching for contributions by event name
  9. Searching for contributions by contributor class
  10. Searching for contributions by date
  11. Speeding up your search
  12. The results screen
  13. Downloading political contribution data

  1. Financial reports search

    This search allows you to select and view scanned images of provincial financial reports filed with Elections BC under the Election Act and the Recall and Initiative Act after 2004.

    If you are trying to view provincial financial reports filed with Elections BC from 2000-2003, please contact electoral.finance@elections.bc.ca.

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  2. Searching for financial reports by partial filer name

    To view a financial report filed for a particular individual or organization, enter part of their name into the box labelled Partial Filer Name. 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 use wildcards (e.g. *). Since the spelling of names can differ, unless you are absolutely sure of the full name and spelling of the filer name you are looking for, it is better to enter only the last name and then scroll through the search results to find the particular report you are looking for.

    You can edit or refine your search criteria by clicking the Modify Search button. Alternatively, you can use the Filer Name drop down box in the search criteria.

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  3. Searching for financial reports by affiliation

    Affiliation is the provincial political party that 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 party affiliations. Their affiliations will appear as either “Independent” or “Other” in the Affiliation drop down list.

    To search for reports filed by the candidates or constituency associations of a particular political party, select that political party’s name from the Affiliation drop down box.

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  4. Searching for financial reports by filer type

    The filer type is the type of individual or organization that files provincial financing reports with Elections BC. The filer types are:

    • political party
    • candidate
    • constituency association
    • leadership contestant
    • election advertising sponsor
    • initiative petition proponent
    • initiative petition opponent
    • initiative petition advertising sponsor
    • recall petition Member (MLA)
    • recall petition proponent
    • recall petition advertising sponsor

    Only political parties and constituency associations that are registered with Elections BC are included. Unregistered political parties and constituency associations do not file financing reports with Elections BC. For nomination contestants, only those who become candidates file financial reports with Elections BC.

    You can limit your search to a particular filer type by using the Filer Type drop down box.

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  5. Searching for financial reports by electoral district

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

    The Electoral District drop down box contains the names of all electoral districts that have been established since 1999. The electoral district boundaries are reviewed and revised after every second general election. This can result in different electoral district names for similar geographic areas.

    Electoral district is not relevant for political parties, leadership contestants, initiative participants or election advertising sponsors.

    You can limit your search to a particular electoral district by using the Electoral District drop down box.

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  6. Searching for financial reports by filer name

    The Filer Name drop down box contains the names of all entities (individuals and organizations) who have filed a financial report with Elections BC since 2004. Candidates and political parties are identified by their ballot name.

    You can limit your search to a particular entity by using the Filer Name drop down box.

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  7. Searching for financial reports by event name

    The Event Name drop down box contains the names of all events (e.g. elections, leadership contests, etc.) for which reports have been filed with Elections BC.

    You can limit your search to a particular event by using the Event Name drop down box.

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  8. Speeding up your search

    There are many scanned financial reports in the FRPC System. For faster search results, narrow your search by selecting as much information as possible in the search drop down boxes. The more fields you select, the faster your results will be returned.

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  9. The results screen

    Once you have selected your search criteria, click on the Search button. The FRPC System will return provincial financial reports that match the criteria you selected.

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

    On the search results table, you can sort the data by clicking on an underlined column heading. For example, if you want to sort by the filer type, click on the column heading Filer Type. You can only sort by one column at a time.

    The search results screen shows 50 records per page. If your results contain more than 50 records, you must click on the other page numbers which are shown just above the search results column headings.

    To select and view a scanned provincial financial report, click on the Report Name link.

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  10. The report listing screen

    After selecting a report to view, the report listing screen will appear. The column headings for the report listing screen are explained below:

    Version The original report as filed with Elections BC and all amendments to the report are listed.
    PDF View the report as a PDF file.
    For Dial-up Users For users with dial-up internet connection, view the report page by page.
    Date Filed The date the report, or amendment, was filed with Elections BC.

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  11. Political contributions search

    This search allows you to view and download all political contributions reported by registered provincial political parties, registered constituency associations, candidates, nomination contestants and leadership contestants.

    The data identifies contributions from contributors who made one or more political contributions under the Election Act during a reporting period that have a total value greater than $250. This information is disclosed on form S-A1 in annual financial reports, election financing reports, leadership contestant financing reports and deregistration financial reports. For these contributions, the search results include:

    • Name of the contributor
    • Date the contribution was made
    • Amount of the contribution
    • Class of the contributor
    • Names of two principal officers (where applicable)
    • The filer name to whom the contribution was made
    • The filer type to whom the contribution was made
    • The electoral district in which the filer is registered
    • The year in which the filer’s electoral district was established

    Annual financial reports for political parties and constituency associations report contributors who made political contributions during the calendar year. If there is an election during the year, the contributor information from the political party’s and constituency association’s election financing report is also included in the annual financial report.

    Election financing reports for political parties and constituency associations include contributors who made political contributions from January 1 to General Voting Day

    Deregistration financial reports for political parties and constituency associations include contributors who made political contributions from January 1 to the date of deregistration.

    Candidate and leadership contestant financing reports include contributors who made political contributions at any time in relation to the candidacy or leadership contest. Nomination contestants who became candidates also report contributors who made political contributions in relation to the nomination contest.

    It is not a requirement of the Election Act to report the date for political contribution of $250 or less. Therefore, for Total Contributions (reported by class), the date shown in the search results is the date of the event for which the report was filed.

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  12. Combined political contributions search

    This search includes combined contributions from contributors who, during the calendar year, made one or more political contributions to the registered provincial political party, constituency associations or candidates for the party that, in total, have a value of greater than $250. Political parties use form S-A1-A in their annual financial reports and deregistration financial reports to report these contributions.

    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.

    The search results include:

    • Name of the contributor
    • Date the contribution was made
    • Amount of the contribution
    • The political party that reported the contribution
    • Class of the contributor
    • Names of two principal officers (where applicable)

    Form S-A1-A is only used by registered provincial political parties in their annual financial reports and deregistration financial reports and does not include contributors who made political contributions to nomination or leadership contestants.

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  13. Searching for contributions by contributor name

    To search for a particular contributor by name, the contributor must have made political contributions that in total are greater than $250.

    Enter any part of their name into the box labelled Partial Contributor Name. The FRPC System will return contribution records that match or include that string of text in the name of the contributor or principal officers.

    For example, if you enter Smith in the contributor name field, the FRPC System will search for all contributors and principal officers that include Smith within their name, including Smith, Smithson, Smithfield, etc.

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

    For example, to determine whether Matt Smith made a political contribution over $250 to any filer, entering Matt Smith in the box labelled Partial Contributor Name would not return contributions made by Matt Adam Smith or Matthew Smith.

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

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  14. Searching for contributions by affiliation (including contributions made to candidates, contestants and constituency associations of a political party)

    The affiliation is the provincial political party that 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 party affiliations. Their affiliations will appear as either “Independent” or “Other” in the Affiliation drop down list.

    To search for contributions made to the candidates, contestants or constituency associations of a particular provincial political party during a reporting period, select that political party’s name from the Affiliation drop down box

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  15. Searching for contributions by filer type

    The filer type is the type of individual or organization registered with Elections BC that received the political contribution and disclosed the contribution in a financing report. The following filer types report political contribution information to Elections BC for public disclosure:

    • candidate
    • constituency association
    • leadership contestant
    • nomination contestant
    • political party

    Only political parties and constituency associations that are registered with Elections BC are included. Unregistered political parties and constituency associations do not file financing reports with Elections BC. For nomination contestants, only those who become candidates file financial reports with Elections BC.

    You can limit your search to a particular filer type by using the Filer Type drop down box.

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  16. Searching for contributions by electoral district

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

    The Electoral District drop down box contains the names of all electoral districts that have been established since 1999. The electoral district boundaries are reviewed and revised after every second general election. This can result in different electoral district names for similar geographic areas.

    When searching in the FRPC System, the Electoral District column identifies the area in which the filer is registered, therefore, this column is not relevant for political parties or leadership contestants as they are not registered to a particular electoral district.

    This information does NOT indicate the electoral district where the contributor resides.

    You can limit your search to a particular electoral district by using the Electoral District drop down box. The electoral district field is only relevant for candidates, nomination contestants and constituency associations. If you select a filer type of political party or leadership contestant, you cannot select an electoral district.

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  17. Searching for contributions by filer name

    The Filer Name drop down box contains the names of all entities (individuals and organizations) who have reported receiving political contributions to Elections BC since 2005. Candidates and political parties are identified by their ballot name.

    You can limit your search to a particular filer by using the Filer Name drop down box, and all contributions reported by that filer will appear in your search results. swer

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  18. Searching for contributions by event name

    To search for contributions made in relation to a specific event, select the name of the event from the Event Name drop down box.

    When searching deregistration or annual financial report events, only contributions received by political parties and constituency associations will be displayed.

    When searching for an election event that occurred prior to 2017, the search results will only include contributions received by candidates and nomination contestants, as contributions received by political parties and constituency associations are reported in their annual financial reports.

    Since each report type has different reporting periods, when an event is selected from the Event Name drop down box, the contribution date fields will be greyed out and cannot be used to filter search results within FRPC. For example, political parties and constituency associations must report political contributions received since December 31 of the previous year up to and including General Voting Day, however, candidates do not have a defined reporting period, and must disclose all political contributions received in relation to their candidacy. This means that a candidate may have political contributions in either the years before or year after an election, depending on their campaign.

    If you would like to filter the search results for a specific event, this can be done by downloading the information into Excel, or by sorting the contributions by date.

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  19. Searching for contributions by contributor class

    To search for contributions made by contributors of a specific contributor class, select the desired class from the Contributor Class drop down box. The contributor classes are:

    • 1 – Individual
    • 2 – Corporation
    • 3 – Unincorporated Business/Commercial Organization (e.g. sole proprietorship or partnership)
    • 4 – Trade Union
    • 5 – Non-Profit Organization
    • 6 – Other
    • Anon – Anonymous

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  20. Searching for contributions by date

    To search for political contributions made within a certain period of time, select a beginning date, end date, or both, using the Date From and Date To drop down boxes. The search results will be filtered to return contributions that were made within the selected period of time.

    Since each report type has different reporting periods, when an event is selected from the Event Name drop down box, the contribution date fields will be greyed out and cannot be used to filter search results within FRPC.

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  21. Speeding up your search

    There are many contribution records in the FRPC System. For faster search results, narrow your search by selecting as much information as possible in the search drop down boxes. The more specific your search, the faster your results will be returned.

    As an example, if you want to search for contributors who gave contributions to a specific party during 2013, we recommend you limit your search by selecting that party from the Filer Name drop down list and select the Date From as January 1, 2013 and the Date To as December 31, 2013.

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  22. The results screen

    Once you have selected your desired search criteria on the search screen, click on the Search button. The FRPC System will return contributions that match the criteria you selected.

    The search results appear in a table format with the search criteria at the top of the screen. You can change your search criteria by clicking on the Modify Search button; print your search results by clicking on the Printer Friendly button; or download your search results by clicking on the Download Search Results button.

    On the search results table you can sort the data by clicking on an underlined column heading. For example, if you want to sort by the amount of the contribution, click on the column heading Amount. You can only sort by one column at a time.

    The search results screen shows 50 records per page. If your results contain more than 50 records, you must click on the other page numbers which are shown just above the search results column headings.

    The columns for the Political Contributions and Combined Political Contributions differ slightly from each other. Only political parties file the S-A1-A form, so not all of the information is relevant for the Combined Political Contributions search.

    The column headings for the provincial Political Contributions and Combined Political Contribution search results are explained below:

    Contributor Name The name of the individual or organization that made the contribution.
    Date The date the contribution was made.
    Amount The dollar value of the contribution. For contributions of goods and services, this is the fair market value.
    Class The class of the contributor. The classes are:
    • 1 – Individual
    • 2 – Corporation
    • 3 – Unincorporated Business/Commercial Organization (e.g. sole proprietorship or partnership)
    • 4 – Trade Union
    • 5 – Non-Profit Organization
    • 6 – Other
    • Anon – Anonymous
    Principal Officer 1 and Principal Officer 2 Numbered corporations and unincorporated organizations must disclose the names of two principal officers or directors.
    Filer Name The name of the individual or organization that received the contribution. (Political Contributions only)
    Filer Type The type of individual or organization to whom the contribution was made. (Political Contributions only)
    Affiliation The political party that the filer is associated with. (Political Contributions only)
    Electoral District The electoral district of a candidate, nomination contestant or constituency association. Electoral district is not relevant for political parties or leadership contestants. (Political Contributions only)
    ED Boundary Established The electoral district boundaries are reviewed and revised after every second general election. The year represents when the electoral district boundaries were established. (Political Contributions only)
    Party The political party which reported the contribution on their S-A1-A form. (Combined Political Contributions only)

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  23. Downloading political contribution data

    All political contribution data may be downloaded directly from the search screen by clicking: "To download all political contributions data click here."

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

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