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Six things to know about political financing in school elections

3 – All candidates for the same seat are subject to the same election expense limit

This is a matter of fairness. It ensures that all candidates can spend a similar amount of money to promote their candidacy.

During an election, all candidates are subject to an election expense limit.

  • For the seat of chair, the limit is $3,780. This amount is increased by $0.30 for each person entered on the English-language school board’s list of electors. Where applicable, the following amounts are added:
    • $0.10 per each person entered on the list, if the density of electors per square kilometre is greater than 1, but less than or equal to 10;
    • $0.20 per each person entered on the list, if the density of electors per square kilometre is greater than 0.45, but less than or equal to 1;
    • $0.35 per each person entered on the list, if the density of electors per square kilometre is less than or equal to 0.45.
  • For the seat of commissioner, the limit is $1,890. This amount is increased by $0.30 for each person entered on the electoral division’s list of electors.

What is an election expense?

Websites, events, advertising, election signs: regardless of the form it takes, any intervention that incurs a cost, has a partisan effect and takes place during the election period is an election expense. An intervention has a partisan effect if, among other things:

  • It promotes or opposes, directly or indirectly, the election of a candidate;
  • It disseminates or attacks the program or policies of a candidate;
  • It supports or criticizes measures endorsed or actions accomplished or proposed by a candidate.