City Council passed a by-law to authorize the Contribution Rebate Program for individuals who contributed money to Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt By-election councillor candidates to receive a portion of their contribution(s) back. The amount of money that a contributor is eligible to receive is based on the total amount of money they contributed to all candidates participating in the program.
The contribution rebate program was created as contributions to municipal election campaigns are not tax deductible. The program is voluntary and only available to councillor candidates for the By-election Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt.
The Contribution Rebate Guide for Contributors for the Councillor, Ward 22 by-election provides an overview of the rebate program and how payments are calculated.
Candidates participating in the Program must:
Candidates participating in the Program have additional filing requirements. When filing their financial statement, candidates must also submit:
If you contribute money to a candidate who is participating in the Contribution Rebate Program, the candidate is responsible for providing to you a Contribution Rebate Form. When you receive this form, it will be partially filled out by the candidate.
If you have not received a Contribution Rebate Form or if your information is incorrect, you will need to contact the candidate directly.
Once you have received the Contribution Rebate Form:
Election Services must receive the completed form by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021.
The City Clerk is required to administer the Contribution Rebate Program in accordance with the rules set out in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 and the City of Toronto’s Contribution Rebate Program By-law. Changes to the Act now require the City Clerk to review all contributions (monetary, goods and services) reported on candidates’ financial statements and prepare reports on contributors who appear to have exceeded any of the contribution limits. This report is provided to the Compliance Audit Committee.
The City Clerk can only begin issuing rebate cheques once the Compliance Audit Committee has reviewed the City Clerk’s report, and all Contribution Rebate Applications have been received by the deadline December 30, 2021).
As a result, contributors will receive a rebate cheque beginning in early 2022. This ensures the Contribution Rebate Program is implemented with a high level of integrity and accountability, with rebates paid only to contributors whose contributions are not identified in the City Clerk’s report or are not subject to legal proceedings resulting from the report.
Election Services must receive the completed form by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 2021. Contributors should keep a copy of the form for their records.
Rebates are payable to the contributor once all of the following requirements are met:
The earliest date that any contributor will receive their rebate is early 2022.
*Note: If a candidate is involved in a compliance audit proceeding, their contributors will not receive a rebate until the process is complete.
The amount of money that a contributor is eligible to receive is based on the total amount of money they contributed to all candidates participating in the Program.
Rebates will not be issued to a contributor if the total amount they have contributed to all participating candidates is $25 or less.
|Total contributions of $25 or less||None||$0.00|
|Total contributions between $25 and $300||Total contribution amount x 75%||$200 x 75% = $150|
|Total contributions over $300 but not more than $1,000||Total contribution amount – $300 x 50% + $225||$650 – $300 = $350 x 50% = $175 + $225 = $400|
|Total contributions more than $1,000||Total contribution amount – $1,000 x 33 1/3% + $575 – To a maximum of $1,000||$2,200 – $1,000 = $1,200 x 33 1/3% = $400 (rounded up) + $575 = $975|
|Total Contributions||Rebate Amount Paid|
|$25 or less||$0.00|
Learn more about the 2021 By-election: Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt.