Candidates are limited with the amount they can self-fund their campaigns and how much they are eligible to spend after the election. The amount varies by office and specific limits are provided in candidate packages at the Clerk's Office.
Candidate Campaign Expense Limits
Each candidate has a limit on how much they may spend. Campaign expense limits are determined by a base amount for the office and the number of eligible electors.
$7,500 + $0.85 per elector for head of council
$5,000 + $0.85 per elector for another office
Candidate Contribution Limit - Own Campaign
A candidate for council and his or her spouse have a limit on how much they may spend. Self-funding limits are determined based on the number of electors voting for the office, to a maximum of $25,000 per candidate.
$7,500 + $0.20 per elector for head of council
$5,000 + $0.20 per elector for other council offices
Candidates for School Board Trustee and Registered Third Party Advertisers do not have a self-funding limit.
Registered Third Party Advertiser Expense Limit
Each third party has a limit on how much they may spend. Expense limits are determined by a base amount for the office and the number of eligible electors.
$5,000 + $0.05 per elector in the City of Peterborough
Campaign Appreciation Event Limits
Each candidate or registered third party may only spend 10% of their Campaign Expense Limits after Election Day on campaign appreciation events (parties, etc.).
Contributions from Individuals
Candidates are prohibited from accepting donations from Corporations or Trade Unions.
Making Campaign Contributions
What individuals should keep in mind before making campaign contributions to candidates and/or registered third party advertisers.