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Local Elections Tips on Searching

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

  • Search for Local Elections Disclosure Statements
  • Search for Local Elections Campaign Contributions

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 the Disclosure Statements Search.

  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, jurisdiction or election area
  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 the Campaign Contributions Search.

  11. Searching for local elections campaign contributions
  12. Searching by partial contributor name
  13. Searching for contributions made to a particular elector organization or its endorsed candidates
  14. Searching by filer type
  15. Searching by office, jurisdiction type, jurisdiction or election area
  16. Searching for contributions to a particular candidate or elector organization
  17. Searching for contributions made in relation to a particular event
  18. Searching for contributions by contributor class
  19. Searching by dates
  20. The results screen
  21. Downloading campaign contributions 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. FRPC 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., *). 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:

  • assent voting advertising sponsors
  • candidates
  • elector organizations
  • third party 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, jurisdiction or election area

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 for candidates or elector organizations in a particular jurisdiction, select the name of the jurisdiction from the Jurisdiction drop-down box.

The election area is the defined geographical area where the election is held. If you want to search for disclosure statements for candidates or elector organizations in a particular election area, select the name of the election area from the Election Area 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. FRPC 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.
Election Area The election area is the defined geographical area where the election is held. This field will be blank for all filer types other than candidates and elector organizations.
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 campaign contributions

This search allows you to view and download all campaign contributions disclosed by candidates and elector organizations. This includes:

  • 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
  • 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 officals 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

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 search for a particular contributor by name, the contributor must have made campaign contributions that in total are $100 or more to one campaign.

Enter any part of their name into the box labelled Partial Contributor Name and click the Search button. FRPC will return contribution records that match or include that string of text in the name of the contributor, director or principal official. For example, if you enter “Smith” in the contributor name field, FRPC will search for all contributors and directors that include Smith within their name, including Smith, Smithson, Smithfield, Ladysmith, 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 searching 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 campaign contribution of $100 or more 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.

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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.

To search for all campaign contributions or 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 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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14. Searching by office, jurisdiction type, jurisdiction or election area

To search for all campaign contributions or significant contributors who contributed $100 or more 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.

The election area is the defined geographical area where the election is held. If you want to search for campaign contributions made to candidates or elector organizations in a particular election area, select the name of the election area from the Election Area drop-down box.

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

To search for all campaign contributions or significant contributors who contributed $100 or more to a particular candidate or elector organization, select their name from the Filer Name drop-down list and click search.

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

To search for all campaign contributions or significant contributors who contributed $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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17. 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
As of October 31, 2017, only individuals may make campaign contributions in relation to the 2018 General Local Elections and elections held after that.

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18. 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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19. The results screen

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

The search results will appear in a table format with the search criteria at 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
  • download your search results 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 shows up to 50 records on a page. If your results contain more than 50 records, 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 “First Name Last 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 – 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
For the 2018 General Local Elections and future elections only individuals may make campaign contributions on or after October 31, 2017.
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.
Event Name The particular event (e.g., a specific general local election or by-election) for which campaign contributions were disclosed.
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.
Jurisdiction Type Indicates the type of jurisdiction (e.g., municipality, school district, regional district, etc.).
Jurisdiction The municipality, school district, regional district, etc., in which a candidate ran or an elector organization endorsed candidates.
Election Area The election area in which a candidate ran or an elector organization endorsed candidates.

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20. Downloading campaign contributions data

All campaign contributions data can be downloaded directly from the search screen by clicking: “To download all campaign contributions data, click here.”

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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