Expense Limits

The Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act (EFCDA) imposes limits on the amount that registered entities can spend on “election expenses” during an “election period,” as those terms are defined in the EFCDA.

Beginning January 1, 2020, the election expense limits for each entity is shown below:

Entity Type Election Expense Limit
Political Party

General election: $2,121,368 (2019 and earlier $2 million)

By-election: $24,396 per electoral division (2019 and earlier $23,000 per electoral division)

Senate election (per candidate): $106,068 (2019 and earlier $100,000)

Constituency Association n/a – no expense limit, subject to the requirement that a CA must report election expenses incurred on behalf of a candidate or party (and these election expenses count toward the party’s or candidate’s expense limit)
Candidate $53,034 (2019 and earlier $50,000)
Senate
Candidate
$530,342 (2019 and earlier $500,000)
Nomination Contestant $10,607 (2019 and earlier $10,000)
Leadership Contestant n/a – no expense limit for leadership contestants