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Political parties & candidates

Political parties and candidates have certain responsibilities established by Part 6 of the Elections Act.

They are required to collect, receipt and report on financial activity in accordance with the law. Political parties file annual contribution returns for each year by March 31 of the following year.

Political parties and candidates file election financing returns for each election within 90 days of the return to the writ following a general election or by-election.

Election financing reports on contributions and expenses of political parties, candidates, and annual reports on contributions received by political parties, are available here.

If you make a monetary contribution to a political party or candidate, you will receive an official receipt that is eligible for income tax credits. A contribution of any negotiable instrument (including credit card payments, electronic transfers or money orders) is considered a monetary contribution.

If you make a contribution of goods or services, not including volunteer labour, the contribution is reported on annual and election financing returns, but is not eligible for income tax credits.

There is no contribution limit, but the names of contributors are disclosed when a contribution exceeds $250. Up to the 2015 calendar year, the names of contributors of goods and services were disclosed when contributions exceeded $50: that amount has changed to $250 for the 2016 annual and election financing returns, for consistency with the disclosure of monetary contributions.

Political parties register with Elections Yukon to allow for public disclosure of the authorized representatives who manage political party activities and campaigns. Candidates register during the election period.

There are currently four registered political parties in Yukon. Registration information for each political party is available here.

 

Guides For Candidates & Political Parties

Guides are provided for information purposes. For full legal authority, the Elections Act must be consulted. Updated versions of these guides will be produced for the next general election.

 

Guides for Use During an Election

Information for Candidates in Yukon Elections provides key information for electors who are interested in becoming candidates in an election of Members of the Legislative Assembly.

The Guide for Official Agents provides key information for persons who are appointed as Official Agents for candidates in an election of Members of the Legislative Assembly. An Election Financing Return must be filed by the official agent for the candidate's campaign.

The Guide for Officials - Preparing the Elections Financing Return For Registered Political Parties provides key information about completing the Elections Financing Return which must be filed by the official for the registered political party’s election campaign.

Political Contributions: A Guide for Contributors contains additional information for persons and unincorporated groups wishing to make political contributions to a party or a candidate in Yukon.

 

Guides for Use Annually

The Guide for Officials - Preparing the Annual Revenue Return For Registered Political Parties provide key information about completing the Annual Revenue Return which must be filed for the calendar year by the official for the party.