Recent changes to the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act have been enacted through Bill 1, effective June 15, 2015. Only persons ordinarily resident in Alberta may make political contributions. Corporations, trade unions or employee organizations are no longer eligible.
Contributions to a political party shall not exceed:
- $15,000 in any calendar year, or
- $30,000 in a campaign period less any amount contributed to the party in that calendar year.
In any calendar year, contributions to a constituency association shall not exceed:
- $1,000 to any one constituency association, and
- $5,000 in the aggregate to the constituency associations of each party.
Constituency associations are not allowed to accept contributions during a campaign period.
Contributions to a candidate shall not exceed:
- $2,000 to the candidate, and
- $10,000 in the aggregate to the candidates of a party.
Candidates may receive, and expend, contributions only during the campaign period or, if authorized in advance by Elections Alberta, during the deficit retirement periods that may ensue.
In the case of a general election held in accordance with the Election Act (respecting fixed-date elections), the campaign period commences on February 1 and ends two months after polling day. If a general election occurs outside the fixed election period, the campaign period commences the date on which the writ of election is issued and ends two months after polling day.