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Membership: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS

How old do I have to be to join the Liberal Party of Canada?

Fourteen years old.

Why is there a fee to join the Liberal Party of Canada?

Membership fees are used to cover the basic administrative costs associated with maintaining a member-based organization, including the production and distribution of membership cards, maintaining our member database and providing timely communications about Liberal Party developments and activities.

Can I join a riding other than the one I live in?

Yes. You can purchase an associate membership for any riding in Canada, regardless of your place of residence. As an associate member, you can participate in riding activities, including serving as an executive member and representing that riding as a delegate to conventions. However, associate members cannot vote to elect executive members, candidates or delegates.

Can someone else pay my membership fee for me?

No. You must pay your own fee from your own personal funds.

How much does it cost to become a member of the Liberal Party of Canada?

The membership fee is $10 per year.

I want to join but not on the Internet. Is there another way?

Yes. You can download the PDF form here.  Payment is by credit card or cheque only.

MY MEMBERSHIP

How much does it cost to renew my membership?

The renewal fee is $10 per year.

How can I get more involved with the Liberal Party?

Every day Canadians are joining a bold new Liberal Party by volunteering, donating, becoming a member and getting involved.

HELP TO BUILD STRONG AND HEALTHY RIDING ASSOCIATIONS

Riding Associations are where members come together to discuss policy and strategy, and organize events with motivated, like-minded Canadians and Caucus members from all over the country. The work that is done at the riding level is pivotal in ensuring our Party can continue to grow. Consider presenting yourself or supporting someone who would like to become a member of your local Liberal executive – a small commitment of your time that will make a big impact. The benefits of having a strong riding executive include a broader membership, healthier fundraising activity at the local level, and the eventual identification of a quality candidate in the riding.  To find out more about how to get involved with your Riding Association, please visit www.liberal.ca/riding to access contact information for your Local Riding President or your Provincial Territorial Association.

CONTRIBUTE AND GIVE YOUR VOICE TO THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA

Political parties, like any organization, require money to function.  It is a critical time for us and every donation is crucial. To find out more on how to donate to the Party, through the Victory Fund and other ways, please visit https://action.liberal.ca/en/VictoryFund.

Our work begins today and it begins with your decision to help shape the future of our Party.

When does my membership expire?

Membership in the Liberal Party of Canada is based on the calendar year, and therefore expires each year on December 31st of the year that you joined (unless you purchased a multi-year membership or arranged for auto-renewal through a monthly donation).  However, if you join after September 1st, your membership will expire on December 31st of the following year.

If you are not a monthly donor, you are responsible for renewing your membership.  A reminder notification will be sent to you by e-mail in the fall, followed by a notification in the mail in November.

If you are unaware of your expiry date, please contact your Provincial and Territorial Association.  Locate your PTA at this link: liberal.ca/riding

What’s the difference between being an in-constituency member and an associate member?

In-constituency members have voting privileges in electing riding executive members, Liberal candidates and convention delegates. Associate members do not have those same privileges. In order to be an in-constituency member you must live in the riding.
As an associate member, you can participate in most riding activities, including serving as an executive member and representing that riding as a delegate to conventions. So, as an associate member, you can actively represent and serve your riding, but you cannot vote.

Can I be an in-constituency member of one riding and an associate member of another riding at the same time?

Yes. In order to do so, you must complete two separate applications to do so, and pay two membership fees.

Are there limitations on where I can be an associate member?

No, there are no restrictions on which riding you can join as an associate member.

I have decided to cancel my membership, how can I go about doing that?

If you wish to terminate your membership before it reaches its natural expiry date at the end of the calendar year, please send details of your request to your Provincial and Territorial Association.  Click here to locate your PTA.

What if I want to pay cash?

To pay cash please contact your Riding Association or Provincial and Territorial Association.  You can locate the contact information at this link: liberal.ca/riding

I have moved. How can I update my information? Will my membership automatically follow me to my new riding?

Please email assistance@liberal.ca .

Upon receipt of your new coordinates, arrangements will be made to move your membership to your new home riding. Note that if you wish to stay connected with your previous riding association, you can do so by becoming an associate member. If you wish to choose this option, please be sure to let us know when you inform us of your move.

MY MEMBERSHIP CARD

When will I receive my membership card?

Approximately 6-8 weeks after your membership was processed.

What do I use my membership card for?

Your Liberal Party membership card is a unique symbol that identifies you as a part of a national organization with a proud history of government and public service.
In practical terms, your card will help to identify you when you participate in party meetings to elect executive officers and Liberal candidates and during leadership votes. Additional photo identification will also be required when voting.

There’s no expiry date on my card. Will I have to get a new one each year?

No. This is your permanent membership card and it will be valid as long as you continue to renew your Liberal Party membership. For information on expiry dates, please see the My Membership section of the FAQs.

I’ve lost my membership card. How can I get a new one?

You can request a replacement card by contacting us at assistance@liberal.ca.

Some of the information on my membership card is incorrect. Can I have this corrected and a replacement card sent?

Of course! Please contact us at assistance@liberal.ca with the correct information and we will send your replacement card as soon as possible.

MY MEMBERSHIP & DONATION

I recently made a donation. Does that make me a Party member?

No.  One can be a member without making a donation, the membership fee is not considered by Elections Canada to be a donation.  One can also donate without becoming a member.

I donate on a monthly basis to the Victory Fund or the Laurier Club. Does that make me a Party member?

If you are not already a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, your monthly donations will not make you a member.  You must become a member of the Party and pay the initial membership fee.

However, if you are already a member of the Party when you begin your monthly contributions, or sign up for membership and donations at the same time, your membership will be automatically renewed every year as long as you continue to contribute to the Party on a monthly basis.  Your membership fee will be deducted from the receiptable portion of the donation at the end of the calendar year.

I donate in one lump sum towards the Laurier Club. Does that make me a Party member?

Laurier Club donors have their memberships renewed if they are already members and are active Laurier Club donors by October of each year.

How are you able to renew my Party membership through my Victory Fund or Laurier Club donation?

The membership fee is deducted from the receiptable portion of the donation at end of the calendar year when your membership comes up for renewal.  This is because membership fees are not tax receiptable according to Elections Canada.

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