Contribution Rebate Program for By-Elections
Under the Contribution Rebate Program, contributors can receive a rebate from the City for contributions made to councillor candidates in a by-election.
There are application rules and procedures that must be followed by the candidate and contributor in order for the City to pay a rebate. These rules are found in the rebate by-law for each individual by-election.
Learn about specific contribution information for Councillor Ward 42.
Application Rules & Procedure
- The candidate must close their campaign before their contributors can receive a rebate.
- The candidate must file an audited financial statement by the financial filing deadline.
- If a candidate is involved in a compliance audit proceeding, their contributors will not receive a rebate until the process has been completed.
- Only monetary contributions from individuals are eligible for a rebate.
- Contributions of goods or services are not eligible for a rebate.
- Corporations and trade unions cannot contribute to candidates running for councillor.
- Any contributions that contravene the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 are not eligible for a rebate.
- A contributor, who contributes to multiple candidates, cannot give a total of more than $5,000.
- Failure to do so may result in a fine up to $25,000 or imprisonment.
- Decide which Contribution Rebate Receipt and Application form to use – electronic or paper:
- electronic receipts can be generated through the Electronic Financial Filing System (EFFS) in MyCampaign
- paper receipts can be obtained from Election Services
- Issue a Contribution Rebate Receipt and Application for every contribution, even if it is not eligible for a contribution rebate.
- Complete the Contribution Receipt section.
- List only one contributor on the form.
- Give the form to the contributor to complete.
- Retain a copy for their records.
- File an audited financial statement.
- Provide copies of all expense invoices for the campaign period with the financial statement.
Encourage the contributor to complete the Rebate Application section and mail it to Election Services as soon as possible.
- Immediately contact the candidate if the information in the Contributor Receipt section is incorrect.
- Complete the Rebate Application section.
- Keep a copy of the form for their records.
- Mail the form before the deadline to
Election Services, 89 Northline Rd.
Toronto, ON M4B 3G1
The rebate payment is based on the following formula:
|Total contributions of less than $25||none||$0|
|total contributions between $25 and $300||total contribution amount x 75%||$200 x 75% = $150|
|total contributions over $300 but not more than $1000||total contribution amount – $300 x 50% + $225||$650 – $300 = $350 x 50% = $175 + $225 = $400|
|total contributions more than $1,000, the lesser of||total contribution amount – $1,000 x 33 1/3% + $575||$2,200 – $1,000 = $1,200 x 33 1/3% = $400 (rounded up) + $575 = $975|
$1,000 is the maximum rebate payable. Rebate payments are rounded up to the nearest dollar.