A constituency association (CA) is a volunteer-run organization established by a political party, or by an Independent Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) if applicable, to support political activities on their behalf. A party may establish up to 87 CAs in Alberta—one per electoral division. An Independent Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) may establish only one CA, in the MLA’s constituency. Political activities include promotion, fundraising etc.
The political party, or Independent MLA if applicable, must register their CA(s) with Elections Alberta, maintain up-to-date registration information, and ensure that the CA(s) submits regular financial reports to disclose financial activities.
This section provides resources and links for constituency associations, and information on how to register a constituency association. For the complete guide on constituency association fundraising, spending, and reporting rules click here. For advertising guidelines click here.
A registered constituency association can only accept contributions from persons ordinarily resident in Alberta and only outside of a campaign period for an election. Contributions can be money or in-kind donations of goods or services.
The maximum a constituency association can receive is $4,243 per year per person.
The constituency association’s chief financial officer is responsible for issuing official contribution receipts for contributions received, which contributors can claim for non-refundable personal income tax credits on their tax return.
Click here for more information on contributions and tax receipts.
Registered constituency associations can hold fundraising events to raise funds for themselves, their party or candidate(s). Examples of fundraising events include a luncheon, meet & greet, car rally, golf tournament, silent auction etc. Rules apply on who can pay to attend or who can donate/bid at a silent auction.
Click here for more information on fundraising events.
Constituency associations are not subject to spending limits. However, expenses paid by a constituency association on behalf of the party or the candidate in the following categories and timeframe must be counted toward the party’s spending limit or candidate’s spending limit:
Expenses for the party’s or candidate’s use, distribution or consumption in the election period:
- production of advertising or promotional material,
- distribution, broadcast, or publication of advertising or promotional material in any media or by any other means,
- paying someone for their work or services as a CFO or in any other capacity,
- meeting, office or event space, and
- conduct of election surveys or other surveys or research
Click here for more information on expense limits.
Constituency associations must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing quarterly contribution reports four times a year and annual financial statements once a year:
- quarterly reports contain details of all contributions received each quarter of the calendar year
- annual financial statements contain details of all revenue, expenses, assets and liabilities for the calendar year
Click here for more information on filing deadlines.
View registration and financial information for constituency associations.
Online Financial System (OFS)
Registered constituency association chief financial officers and presidents are granted access to Elections Alberta’s secure Online Financial System to enter and submit financial reports.
Contact Elections Alberta for access and login queries.