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Campaign Financing & Advertising

Candidates developing election campaigns should be aware of the restrictions that may apply to campaigning and, in particular, the regulations under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA).  Elections BC is responsible for managing and enforcing financing disclosure requirements and election advertising provisions for all local government elections in BC.

A candidate must appoint one individual as a financial agent.  If one is not appointed, the candidate is deemed to be his/her own financial agent. A financial agent must open one or more campaign accounts at a savings institution before incurring an election expense.  This account must be used exclusively for the purposes of the election campaign.

Third Party Advertising  

There are also new campaign financing rules for third party advertising sponsors.  Third party advertising sponsor is an individual or organization that conducts election advertising independently from any candidate or elector organization.  Third party advertising includes advertising for or against a candidate or elector organization. 

Disclosure Requirements   

Candidates are required to make public an account of the campaign contributions they received and election expenses they incurred in the form of Campaign Financing Disclosure Statement. This statement must be filed within 90 days of General Voting Day. Statements will be made available on the Elections BC website for public inspection.  A candidate who does not file their disclosure statements by the deadline may be disqualified from holding office and from being nominated for or elected to a local government office until after the next general local election.

Any questions regarding campaign financing and advertising are to be directed to: 

Elections BC                         1-855-952-0280
                        lecf@elections.bc.ca
                        www.elections.bc.ca/lecf

 Campaign Financing Disclosure Statements from the 2014 and 2018 Local Government Elections