Campaign Donations from Real Estate Developers to Municipal Candidates

In 2017 the Ontario government enacted the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act in an effort to lessen the development industry’s influence in municipal politics. This legislation banned corporate donations to municipal candidates.


In Ottawa, since 2018 over 250 individuals connected to real-estate development companies donated over $500,000 to municipal candidates, seeming to indicate that this policy has had limited effect in stemming the tide of donations still connected to corporate interests. Senior executives along with their spouses and relatives continue to donate thousands of dollars through individual donations to municipal candidates.

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