Resolved, That effective September 28, 2016, the BC Green Party will no longer accept donations of any kind from corporations, unions and other non-individual entities; and
Resolved, That the BC Green Party’s existing internal review process for non-individual contributions over $2,500 will be applied to individual contributions over $7,500 to ensure they are in line with party values and do not foster undue influence from any one individual.
Unanimously approved by B.C. Green Party Provincial Council on Sept. 21, 2016.
Notes on new political finance policy
The new policy prohibits monetary and non-monetary contributions from all non-individuals, including corporations, unincorporated businesses / commercial organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations and other identifiable contributions.
As per Elections B.C., bequests from an estate with one executor can be reported as a class 1 political contribution – from an individual. As bequests from estates with two executors are the fulfillment of the wish of an individual, the B.C. Green Party will accept such contributions, though they must be reported to Elections B.C. as “other identifiable contributions.”
The new B.C. Green Party political financing policy applies to all B.C. Green Party entities: central office, riding associations and candidates.
This policy will remain in effect indefinitely.
The B.C. Green Party remains committed to reforming British Columbia’s political finance laws. These reforms include a ban on non-individual contributions and limits on individual contributions.
 The B.C. Green Party’s previous political finance policy was approved by membership at its 2007 annual general meeting. It stated that all non-individual donations over $2,500 were to be reviewed internally for undue influence and alignment with party values before being accepted. As per the party’s new political finance policy, a similar review process will be applied to donations over $7,500 from individuals.
 In 2014, the B.C. Green Party reported two contributions from estates as class 6 contributions, “Other identifiable contributions”. According to Elections B.C., this is also an acceptable designation. In the future, the party will classify contributions from estates with one executor as individual contributions.