Financial Contribution

Running a campaign in a city of more than 130,000 people is a big undertaking. Laura has always self-financed to the extent that she can, but to be successful, she’s going to need your help this time around.

No financial contribution is too small.

To make a financial contribution to Laura’s campaign and help to Reset the Region, please click the button to the right and select the number of $20 contributions you would like to make through PayPal, or complete the form below and Laura or a member of her campaign team will be in touch with you within 48 hours.

Cheques can be made payable to Laura Ip for Regional Council.

If you prefer, you can make an e-transfer directly to laura@lauraip.ca, but then please follow-up with an e-mail to Laura, so that a receipt can be issued to you (we are required to issue receipts and we need your address to do so).

Rules about Financial Contributions:

  1. There is a $1,200 limit that applies to contributions from other individuals. If a person makes more than one contribution (e.g. contributes money, contributes goods, and purchases a ticket to a fundraising event), the total value of all the contributions cannot exceed $1,200.
  2. The maximum total amount that a contributor can give to candidates in the same jurisdiction (i.e. running for the same council or the same school board) is $5,000.
  3. Contributions can only be accepted from individuals who are normally resident in Ontario. Corporations and trade unions are no longer permitted to make contributions to candidates.
  4. If your spouse is not normally a resident in Ontario, they can still make contributions to your campaign. They may not make contributions to any other candidate.
  5. Groups such as clubs, associations or ratepayer’s groups are not eligible to make contributions. The members of these groups may make individual contributions from their personal funds (as long as they are residents of Ontario).
  6. Corporations and other businesses are not permitted to make contributions to candidates. If a candidate is being offered a discount, they should make sure that whoever is offering the discount is entitled to make a personal contribution to their campaign.
  7. Only a contribution that is $25 or less can 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 (such as certain debit, credit or electronic transfer transactions).
  8. A receipt must be issued for every contribution received. The receipt should show who made the contribution, the date and the value. If the contribution was in goods or services, you must determine the value of the goods or services and issue a receipt for the full value.
  9. If a cheque is received from a joint personal account, the receipt must be issued only to the person who signed the cheque. The contribution can only come from one person.
  10. The candidate is required to list the names and addresses of every contributor who gives more than $100 total to their campaign in their financial statement. The candidate should keep a record of the names and addresses of every contributor, regardless of the value of their contribution, because the same contributor may make multiple contributions that end up totalling more than $100.
    Note: Contribution receipts are not tax receipts. Contributions to municipal council and school board campaigns cannot be credited against provincial or federal income taxes.

Who cannot make a contribution

The following individuals and organizations are not permitted to make contributions to municipal council and school board campaigns:

  • a corporation
  • a trade union
  • an individual who is not normally resident in Ontario
  • a federal political party, constituency association, or a registered candidate in afederal election
  • a provincial political party, constituency association, or a registered candidate or leadership contestant
  • a federal or provincial government, a municipality or a school board.

Note: Contributions to municipal/regional election campaigns do not qualify for tax deductions.