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Provincial Tips on Searching

There are three different provincial searches you can do in the Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System.

To view political contributions made under the Election Act, you can use the S-A1 and S-A1-A searches.

  1. S-A1 search
  2. S-A1-A search
  3. Searching by a contributor name
  4. Searching for contributions made to a specific person or organization
  5. Searching for contributions made to candidates, contestants and constituency associations of a political party
  6. Searching by filer type
  7. Searching for contributions in an electoral district
  8. Searching by dates
  9. Speeding up your search
  10. The results screen
  11. Downloading political contribution data

To view scanned images of provincial financial reports, including their amendments, you can use the financial reports search.                          

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

  1. S-A1 Search
  2. This search is for contributors who made one or more political contributions under the Election Act in a reporting period that have a total value greater than $250 to a single registered provincial political party, constituency association, candidate, nomination contestant, or leadership contestant. Political parties and constituency associations use form S-A1 in their election financing reports, annual financial reports and deregistration financial reports.

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

    The 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 parties’ and constituency associations’ election financing reports is also included in the annual financial report.

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

    Candidates' and leadership contestants' financing reports include contributors who made political contributions at any time in relation to the candidacy or leadership contest.  Candidates also submit a separate S-A1 which lists contributors who made political contributions totalling more than $250 in relation to their nomination contest. TOP

  3. S-A1-A 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.

    For example, if a contributor gave $100 to 10 candidates for the same provincial party in the same calendar year, the contributor’s information would not appear on form S-A1 in the candidates’ election financing 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).

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


  4. Searching by a contributor name

    To determine if a particular person or organization made a provincial political contribution over $250, enter their partial name into the box labelled Partial Contributor Name. The FRPC System will search for all contributors with that name or part of that name. The results will show the name of the contributor, who they gave the political contribution to, how much the political contribution was and the date it was made. It will also show the class of the contributor and, for certain types of contributor organizations, the names of two principal officers of the organization.

    For example, if you enter Smith in the contributor name field, the FRPC System will search for all contributors and principal officers with Smith in any part of their name, including Smith, Smithson, Smithfield, 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 looking 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 if John Smith made a political contribution over $250 to any filer and you entered John Smith in the box labelled Partial Contributor Name you would not get contributors named John Adam Smith. TOP


  5. Searching for contributions to a specific person or organization

    If you want to know who gave contributions to a particular candidate, select that candidate’s name from the Filer Name drop down list and click on the Search button. All contributors who gave over $250 to that candidate will appear in your search results.

    The same applies to political parties, constituency associations, leadership contestants and nomination contestants. Select their name from the Filer Name drop down list and click on Search. TOP


  6. Searching for 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. Independent candidates and candidates not representing a registered political party do not have affiliations, and are identified with an affiliation of "Independent" or "Other".

    If you want to search for all contributions over $250 that were made to any of the candidates, contestants or constituency associations of a particular provincial political party during a reporting period, you can choose that political party name from the Affiliation drop down box. TOP


  7. Searching by filer type

    The filer type is the type of individual or organization to whom the contribution was made. Filers are those entities registered and file disclosure reports with Elections BC. The following filer types report political contribution information to Elections BC:
    • candidates
    • constituency associations
    • leadership contestants
    • nomination contestants
    • political parties

    Only registered political parties and registered constituency associations are included. Unregistered political parties and unregistered constituency associations do not file financial disclosure reports with Elections BC. For nomination contestants, only those who actually become candidates have to file financial reports with Elections BC. You can limit your search to a particular filer type by selecting Filer Type from the drop down box. TOP


  8. Searching for contributions in an electoral district

    If you want to search for political contributions to an individual or organization made in a particular electoral district you can select the name of the electoral district from 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 a particular electoral district. TOP


  9. Searching by dates

    To search for political contributions made on a certain date or in a certain year, you can select those dates by using the Date From and Date To drop down boxes. TOP


  10. Speeding up your search

    There are many contribution records in the FRPC System. For faster search results, narrow your search by entering a contributor name or choosing a particular filer name, filer type or dates. The more specific your search, the faster the system will return the results.

    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 choose the Date From as January 1, 2013 and the Date To as December 31, 2013. TOP


  11. The results screen
Once you’ve selected your search criteria on the search screen, click on the button labelled Search. The FRPC System will look for contributions that match the criteria you selected.

The search results appear on the screen in a table format. Your search criteria also appears 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 button labelled Printer Friendly; or download your search results into a file that you can use later.

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 can only show 50 records on a page. If your results have 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 S-A1 and the S-A1-A searches are a little different. Only political parties file S-A1-A so not all of the information is relevant for the S-A1-A search.

The column headings for the provincial 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 – Individuals
2 – Corporations
3 – Unincorporated organizations engaged in business or commercial activity (for example, partnerships)
4 – Trade unions
5 – Non-profit organizations
6 – Other contributors

Principal Officer 1 and
Principal Officer 2

Class 3, 4, 5 and 6 contributors and numbered corporations must disclose the names of two principal officers or directors.

Filer Name

The name of the individual or organization who received the contribution. (S-A1 only)

Filer Type

The type of individual or organization to whom the contribution was made. (S-A1 only)

Affiliation

The political party that the filer is associated with.

Electoral District

The electoral district of a candidate, nomination contestant or constituency association. Electoral district is not relevant for political parties or leadership contestants. (S-A1 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. (S-A1 only)

Party

The political party which reported the contribution in their S-A1-A form.
(S-A1-A only)

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  1. Downloading political contribution data

    You can download all the political contribution data directly from the search screens by clicking: "To download all contributions data from S-A1 forms, click here." However, it will take several minutes to download all the data.

    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. TOP


  2. Financial reports search

    This search allows you to select and view scanned images of provincial financial reports filed with Elections BC. TOP


  3. Searching 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 recognize 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’s better to enter only the last name and then scroll through the search results to find the particular filed report you want. Alternatively, you can use the Filer Name drop down box in the search criteria. TOP


  4. Searching by affiliation

    The affiliation is the provincial political party that the filer is associated with. Independent candidates and candidates not representing a registered political party do not have affiliations.

    If you want to search for all reports filed by the candidates or constituency associations of a particular political party during a reporting period, you can choose that political party name from the Affiliation drop down box. TOP


  5. Searching by filer type

    The filer type is the type of individual or organization who files provincial financial disclosure reports with Elections BC. The filer types are:
    • political parties
    • candidates
    • constituency associations
    • leadership 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 

Only registered political parties and registered constituency associations are included. Unregistered political parties and unregistered constituency associations do not file financial disclosure reports with Elections BC.

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

  1. Searching by filer name

    The filer name listing contains the names of all entities (individuals and organizations) who have filed a financial report with Elections BC.

    If you want to view the reports submitted for a specific entity, you can select their name from this listing. TOP


  2. Searching by event name

    The event name is the event (e.g. election, leadership contest, etc.) the report is filed in relation to.  You can limit your search to a particular event by selecting an event name from the drop down box. TOP


  3. 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. TOP


  4. The results screen

    Once you’ve selected your search criteria, click on the button labelled search. The FRPC System will look for provincial financial reports that match the criteria you selected.

    The search results will appear on the screen in a table format. Your search criteria will appear 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 can only show 50 records on a page. If your results have more than 50 records, you must click on the other page numbers which are shown just above the search results column headings.

    The column headings for the search results are explained below:

    Filer Name

    The name of the individual or organization that filed the report.  

    Report Name

    The name of the financial report.

    Filer Type

    The type of individual or organization that filed the report.

    Affiliation

    The political party the filer is associated with.

    Electoral District

    The electoral district of a candidate, nomination contestant, constituency association or recall participant. Electoral district is not relevant for political parties, leadership contestants, initiative participants or election advertising sponsors.

    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. 


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  5. The report listing screen

    Once you’ve selected report you want 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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