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Six things to know about political financing in school elections

2 – Contributions are limited to $300 per calendar year

In addition to this amount, in the fiscal year that includes the election, a candidate may make a contribution for his or her own benefit of no more than $700. A candidate may therefore contribute up to $1,000 for his or her own benefit over the course of an election year.

IIf you wish to make a political contribution, you should know that:

  • You must be an elector to make a contribution, whether it is in the form of money, a service rendered or a good provided free of charge;
  • In order to receive a contribution, a candidate must be authorized (this includes authorized electors);
  • The candidate is responsible for soliciting contributions. Any other person soliciting a contribution must have been designated for this purpose, in writing, by the candidate;
  • Only a contribution of less than $100 can be paid in cash. Any monetary contribution of $100 or more must be made by cheque or another type of payment order signed by the elector and drawn on the elector’s account in a financial institution having an office in Québec, and be made payable to the order of the candidate. All contributions must be paid to the candidate or to a person designated by the candidate to receive them;
  • You must receive a receipt. You must sign the receipt to confirm that you are making the contribution out of your own property, voluntarily, without compensation or consideration, and that it will not be refunded in any way;
  • If you make a contribution of more than $100, your name, postal code and the municipality of your domicile will be made available on the contributors search engine on the Élections Québec website.