Campaign Finance Reform for BC Municipal Politics

The BC government has banned union and corporate political donations at the provincial level, and has done the same for municipal politics.

These municipal campaign finance reforms will affect elections for mayor, council and school board trustees.

At the municipal level there is a ban on corporate and union donations and individuals are limited to $1,200 in donations per year to the campaign of any one candidate or local political party. Donors will be allowed to pledge up to $1,200 to each of multiple unconnected candidates or elector organizations.

These municipal campaign reforms will go into effect on October 31, 2018. While the ban will be retroactive to October 31, 2017, money raised by individuals and parties prior to then will be allowed to be used in the 2018 municipal elections.