10/22/2015 15:07 EDT | Updated 10/22/2016 01:12 EDT

B.C. government aims to set population-based expense limits for local elections

VICTORIA — Candidates in the next B.C. municipal elections would have to stick to expense limits under legislation proposed by the province.

The limits starting in 2018 would apply to people running for mayor, councillor, electoral area director and also for park board positions in Vancouver and Cultus Lake.

Community Minister Peter Fassbender says the proposed limits would also be imposed on third-party advertising sponsors.

The per-capita formula was based on recommendations in a committee report issued in June.

For candidates in areas with less than 10,000 people, a flat rate of $10,000 has been set for mayoral candidates and $5,000 for all other locally elected offices.

The expense limit for mayoral candidates in areas with a population of 250,000 or more would be 15 cents per person while all other candidates could spend eight cents per capita.







The Canadian Press