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2019–20 Departmental Plan

Details on transfer payment programs of $5 million or more

Name of transfer payment program Reimbursements to eligible candidates and political parties (election year 201920) and subsidies to auditors of candidates (201920) and registered associations (ongoing)
Start date 1974
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Other (not grants or contributions)
Type of appropriation The program is appropriated through the Electoral Expenditures statutory authority
Fiscal year for terms and conditions Not applicable
Link to department's Program Inventory Electoral Integrity and Regulatory Compliance

Elections Canada's role is to administer the Canada Elections Act (the Act), which has three main objectives: fairness, transparency and participation.

To promote fairness and participation, the Act provides for partial reimbursement of paid election expenses and personal expenses of candidates (for by-elections and general elections), partial reimbursement of paid election expenses of registered parties (for general elections only) and a subsidy for candidate and registered association audit fees. To be eligible for partial reimbursement of election expenses, candidates must be elected or obtain at least 10% of the valid votes cast in their electoral district. Registered parties must obtain at least 2% of the valid votes cast nationally or 5% of the valid votes cast in electoral districts where the party has endorsed candidates.

A subsidy not exceeding $1,500 is sent directly to the external auditors of candidates and to auditors of qualified registered associations. To qualify for an audit subsidy, an association must have accepted contributions or incurred expenses totalling $5,000 or more during the year.

This Transfer Payment Program does not include any refundable contribution.

Expected results Eligible political entities and auditors have access to statutory reimbursements and subsidies provided by law.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation Not applicable (statutory payments as determined by Parliament)
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation Not applicable
General targeted recipient groups Eligible political entities and auditors
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients Elections Canada provides targeted recipient groups with tools, detailed information and training that explain the terms and conditions for eligibility to statutory reimbursements and subsidies.

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 201819 Forecast spending 201920 Planned spending 202021 Planned
202122 Planned spending
Total grants - - - -
Total contributions - - - -
Total other types of transfer payments 800,000 71,810,000 1,100,000 1,100,000
Total program 800,000 71,810,000 1,100,000 1,100,000