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Annual Allowance for Registered Parties


There are currently no annual allowance provisions for registered parties in Manitoba. In November 2016, Bill 9 was passed, amending The Election Financing Act to remove the annual allowance for registered parties.

Background

In 2008, legislation was introduced that entitled all registered parties to receive an annual allowance to assist with administrative and certain operating costs, including costs incurred in complying with The Election Financing Act.

In 2012, The Election Financing Act was amended to require the Lieutenant Governor in Council to appoint an independent allowance commissioner following each general election. The commissioner determined the amount of the allowance for the year following the election and each subsequent year until the next election.

Dr. Paul Thomas was appointed as Allowance Commissioner on November 9, 2012.

Under the regulations made by Dr. Thomas, a total of $600,000 is available to be allocated and paid to the registered parties as their allowance for each year. View the regulation outlining the method of calculating the allowance and the amendment to the regulation.

The annual allowance for a calendar year is payable to a registered party once the party’s annual statement has been reviewed by the Chief Electoral Officer. Alternatively, the party’s financial officer may make a written request to the Chief Electoral Officer that the allowance not be paid.

For more information, visit the website of the Annual Allowance Commissioner.

The annual allowance is public information and is disclosed below (rounded to the nearest dollar).

Annual Allowance Paid in 2016 for the year 2015

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $773

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $14,449

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $63,255

Registered party: NDP

Amount Paid: $195,167

Annual Allowance Paid in 2015 for the year 2014

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $773

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $14,449

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $63,255

Registered party: NDP

Amount Paid: $195,167

Annual Allowance Paid in 2014 for the year 2013

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $773

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $14,449

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $63,255

Registered party: NDP

Amount Paid: $195,167

Annual Allowance Paid in 2013 for the year 2012

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $773

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $8,701

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $63,255

Registered party: NDP

Amount Paid: $195,167

A provision for registered parties to receive public funding came into effect in January 2009. The funding is referred to in the legislation as an ‘annual allowance’. From the time the provision first came into effect until 2012, the annual allowance was determined as follows:

The maximum annual allowance in a non-election year was the lesser of:

  • The number of votes received in the previous general election multiplied by $1.25 up to a maximum of $250,000
  • The total expenses paid by the party as reported in the audited annual statement filed

The calculation for the maximum annual allowance in an election year was as follows:

A minimum allowance is payable to a party:

  • $10,000 if the party was represented by at least one elected member
  • $600 in all other cases

The annual allowance is public information and is disclosed below.

Annual Allowance Paid in 2012 for the year 2011

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $600

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $8,580

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $58,964

Annual Allowance Paid in 2011 for the year 2010

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $600

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $6,983

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $64,821

Annual Allowance Paid in 2010 for the year 2009

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $600

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $6,983

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $64,821

Annual Allowance Paid in 2009 for the year 2008

Registered party: CPC-M

Amount Paid: $600

Registered party: GPM

Amount Paid: $6,983

Registered party: Lib.

Amount Paid: $64,821

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