Changes to Election Finances Act
On December 6, 2018, the PC Government passed Bill 57 which includes substantial amendments to the Election Finances Act. As political parties begin to host their fundraisers, here are some of the major changes you need to know about:
- Starting in 2019, the maximum contribution that a person can make annually to any one registered party or to registered constituency associations, registered nomination contestants and registered leadership contestants of any one registered party is $1,600.00
- Bill 57 repeals the requirement that contributors certify that their contribution comes only from funds belonging to them, and not from funds given to them for the purpose of making a contribution
- A sitting MPP, or the leader of a party, is no longer prohibited from attending a fundraising event
- As of January 1, 2018, all political donations must come from personal funds; corporate funds are no longer permitted for political fundraisers.
OGCA will be hosting a fundraiser in the coming months. We encourage all of our members to attend but also be cognizant of the new political financing laws.