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Local Elections Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What information is included in the Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System for local elections?
  2. Where can I find the details for campaign contributions made to local election participants prior to 2014?
  3. Are contributions to registered third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors included?
  4. Why can’t I find contributors who made campaign contributions of less than $100?
  5. Are there restrictions on who can make campaign contributions?
  6. Are there limits to how much a contributor can give?
  7. Using the campaign contributions database, I entered a partial name in the contributor name box and did a search. The results showed no contributors with that name but there are contributions listed. Why?
  8. What are the different types of disclosure statements filed with Elections BC?
  9. Are the disclosure statements final?
  10. Is it possible to determine who made campaign contributions at fundraising functions?
  11. Is it possible to determine if someone received a tax receipt for a contribution?
  12. How can I tell if a campaign contribution was monetary or non-monetary?
  13. Who should I contact if I gave a campaign contribution to a candidate or elector organization and my name is not disclosed as a contributor?
  14. Who should I contact if my residential address is publicly included in a disclosure statement?
  15. Who should I contact if I do not agree with the class of a contributor or have other concerns about the content of a disclosure statement?
  16. Why is the downloaded campaign contribution information saved as a text file (.txt) and not in a spreadsheet like Excel?



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

    The Financial Reports and Political Contributions (FRPC) System contains scanned images of all disclosure statements, including amendments, filed with Elections BC under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), beginning with those filed in relation to the 2014 General Local Elections.

    FRPC also contains a database of all campaign contributions disclosed by local candidates and elector organizations. This includes:

    • information on significant contributors who made one or more campaign contributions of money, property or services with a total value of $100 or more to a single candidate or elector organization in relation to a specific event
    • the date and value of each significant contribution and the class of the contributor. If the contributor is an organization, the names of two directors or principal officials are also disclosed.
    • total amounts of contributions less than $100 by class received by each filer
    • the total amount of anonymous contributions received by each filer

    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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  2. Where can I find the details for campaign contributions made to local elections participants prior to 2014?

    FRPC only includes information about campaign contributions made to local elections participants beginning with the 2014 General Local Elections.

    Elections BC assumed responsibility for administering local elections campaign financing and third party advertising on May 29, 2014. Disclosure statements and other records related to events prior to that date were available for public inspection at the local jurisdiction’s office until seven years after General Voting Day for the election to which they relate. They may also be available on the jurisdiction’s website. Contact the local jurisdiction for more information.

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  3. Are contributions to registered third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors included?

    No. 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.

    However, third party sponsors and non-election assent voting advertising sponsors are required to file disclosure statements. You can view all disclosure statements filed with Elections BC using the Search for Local Elections Disclosure Statements screen and selecting Third Party Sponsor or Assent Voting Advertising Sponsor from the Filer Type drop-down list.

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  4. Why can’t I find contributors who made campaign contributions of less than $100?

    LECFA only requires detailed information about contributors who, in relation to a specific election, made one or more campaign contributions to a particular candidate or elector organization with a total value of $100 or more.

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  5. Are there restrictions on who can make campaign contributions?

    As of October 31, 2017, only eligible individuals may make campaign contributions. An eligible individual is someone who is a resident of B.C. and a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. Campaign contributions from organizations, corporations and unions are prohibited.

    This change does not apply to local by-elections and assent voting that occured before the 2018 General Local Elections.

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

    As of October 31, 2017, campaign contribution limits are in effect. Please see Local Elections FAQs for more details.

    These limits do not apply to local by-elections and assent voting that occured before the 2018 General Local Elections.

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  7. Using the campaign contributions database, I entered a partial name in the contributor name box and did a search. The results showed no contributors with that name but there were contributions listed. Why?

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

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  8. What are the different types of disclosure statements filed with Elections BC?

    For local elections, there are four types of disclosure statements filed with Elections BC:

    1. Candidate campaign financing disclosure statements
    2. Elector organization campaign financing disclosure statements
    3. Third party sponsor disclosure statements
    4. Non-election assent voting advertising sponsor disclosure statements

    FRPC also contains several types of financial reports filed in relation to provincial electoral events. For information about these, please see the provincial FRPC site.

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  9. Are the disclosure statements final?

    The disclosure statements posted on FRPC are the most recent versions filed with Elections BC but are subject to change. If either the filer or Elections BC becomes aware of new or incorrect information, the disclosure statement is amended and reposted to FRPC. The original version and all subsequent amendments are made available in FRPC.

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  10. Is it possible to determine who made campaign contributions at fundraising functions?

    No. Candidates and elector organizations are not required to disclose the list of attendees for any particular fundraising function. However, the names of contributors who made one or more campaign contributions to a specific candidate or elector organization with a total value of $100 or more, whether at a fundraising function or not, can be found in FRPC.

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

    Campaign contributions made to local elections candidates and elector organizations are not eligible for tax receipts.

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  12. How can I tell if a campaign contribution was monetary or non-monetary?

    You cannot tell from the information in the disclosure statement or the campaign contributions database if a campaign contribution was monetary or of goods or services. The total value of campaign contributions disclosed includes contributions of money and the market value of contributed goods and services.

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  13. Who should I contact if I gave a campaign contribution to a candidate or elector organization and my name is not disclosed as a contributor?

    If the total value of all campaign contributions that you made to a single candidate or elector organization in relation to a particular election was $100 or more, but your name is not disclosed, please contact Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280.

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  14. Who should I contact if my residential address is publicly included in a disclosure statement?

    Your residential address should not be publicly disclosed, even if you contributed $100 or more. Please contact Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280 and we will look into the matter.

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  15. Who should I contact if I have concerns about the content of a disclosure statement?

    Please contact the filer using the contact information on the filer’s disclosure statement and Elections BC at 1-855-952-0280.

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

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

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