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Are you running for office in this October's city election, or do you want to help someone who is?

The rules for making and receiving campaign contributions have changed for 2018 - and here are the basics.

Any person who is a resident of Ontario may make a contribution to a candidate's campaign.

Corporations and trade unions are not permitted to make contributions to candidates in municipal elections in Ontario.

Groups such as neighbourhood associations, clubs or professional associations, such as fire or police associations, are not eligible to make contributions. Members may contribute individually.

You may contribute a maximum of $1,200 to a single candidate. This amount includes the value of any goods or services donated to the campaign. You may not contribute more than $5,000 in total to candidates running for offices on the same council or school board.

If you buy a ticket to a candidate's fundraiser, the cost of the ticket is a contribution.

Any contribution of money must come directly from the contributor. You are not permitted to pool contributions from others and then forward that money to a candidate's campaign. If a contribution is made from a joint account, it must be clear which person is making the contribution.

Contributions greater than $25 may not be made in cash. All contributions above $25 must be made by cheque, money order, or by a method that clearly shows where the funds came from.

If the total value of the contributions you've made to a candidate is greater than $100, your name and address will be recorded in the candidate's financial statement. The candidate's financial statement is a public document.

Contributions to municipal council and school board candidates are not tax deductible.

If the candidate has a surplus at the end of their campaign, they must turn that money over to the municipality. They are not permitted to return unused contributions to the contributors.



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