A political party is an organization that participates in public affairs and aims to elect candidates to the Legislative Assembly. Parties must register with Elections Alberta, maintain up-to-date registration information, and submit regular reports to disclose their financial activities.
This section provides resources and links for registered parties, and information on how to register a party. For the complete guide on party fundraising, spending, and reporting rules click here. For advertising guidelines click here.
Registered Political Parties
A registered party can accept contributions, at any time, from persons ordinarily resident in Alberta. Contributions can be money or in-kind donations of goods or services.
The maximum a party can receive from any given contributor is $4,300 per year, less any other contributions that person may make to registered constituency associations, candidates, leadership contestants, or other parties in the year. The party’s chief financial officer is responsible for reporting contributions to Elections Alberta and issuing official contribution receipts to contributors, which contributors can claim for non-refundable personal income tax credits on their tax return.
Click here for more information on contributions and receipts, including previous contribution limits.
A registered party or any person acting on the party’s behalf can hold events and activities to raise funds at any time. Examples of fundraising events include a luncheon, meet & greet, rally, golf tournament, silent auction etc. Contribution rules limit who can pay to attend events and who can donate/bid at a silent auction. All fundraising revenues and expenses must be reported on the party’s annual or campaign return.
Click here for more information on fundraising events.
Parties can spend funds at any time, however a spending limit applies during the election period. The election expense period begins on the day the Writ of Election is issued and extends until the polls close on Election Day.
The limit applies to “election expenses” which are any property, goods or services used, distributed or consumed during the election period, for the party’s promotion or for opposing others. Examples include advertising in all formats, advertising production, fundraising events and activities, polling including surveys and research, honoraria and salaries, office and technology, etc.
For a general election, the party’s election expense limit is $1.16 times the number of names in the Register of Electors on the 1st day of the month, three months before Election Day; an estimate based on the 2019 post-election Register of 2,822,303 electors would be $3,273,871. For a by-election, the party’s election expense limit is $24,400 per electoral division. For a senate election, the maximum that a party can spend is $106,080 per senate candidate endorsed by the party.
Click here for more information on expense limits, including previous expense limits.
Parties must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing quarterly contribution reports, annual financial statements, and campaign financial statements following elections. Audited financial statements are required if revenue or expenses for the reporting period exceed $25,000. Automatic late filing fees apply for failure to file a report or return on time.
Click here for more information on filing deadlines.
View registration and financial information for parties.View Financial Reporting Website
Online Financial System (OFS)
Registered party officials are granted access to Elections Alberta’s secure Online Financial System (OFS) to report contributions, issue official contribution receipts to contributors, and submit financial returns.
Contact us for access and login queries.Login to OFS