Almost half of all donations to the Ontario NDP come from unions or corporations, which are only four per cent of their contributor base, an analysis of Elections Ontario data shows.
All three parties count disproportionately on a select group of corporations or unions for their contributions.
The numbers include contributions up until May 14, the second week of the election campaign.
The average NDP contributor donated $90, compared to $250 for the Liberals and more than $500 for the Progressive Conservatives. But that’s not the complete picture.
Corporations, which are roughly four per cent of the NDP’s contributor base, gave more than $1.6-million to the party so far. Compare that to 13 per cent of Liberal contributors who gave a total of $3.6-million, and the PC’s, with 17 per cent of their contributor base giving $3.2-million. The PCs also lead the way with the largest overall percentage of campaign dollars coming from corporations.
Percentage of corporate donations
The annual contribution limit caps out at $9,975 per party, per individual contributor. But contributors can also give up to $6,650 annually to each party’s riding associations, and another $6,650 to candidates.
Bruce Power is the heavyweight of contributors, donating $57,800 across all three parties, with about half going to the NDP and the rest split between Liberals and PCs. Labatt Brewing was a close second, giving almost $55,000, split fairly evenly among parties.
Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council Of Ontario is the largest Liberal contributor, with $32,855.
Top 10 Liberal donors
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the top NDP contributor is the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which gave more than $38,000. Nearly all of the NDP’s top 10 contributors were unions.
Top 10 NDP donors
The PCs didn’t have a distinct top contributor, with the highest totals hitting just over $19,000, from companies including Rogers, Labatt and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Top 10 PC donors
Note: The percentages included in this story are as complete a picture as possible. Elections Ontario data doesn’t differentiate between individuals and corporations, and so our analysis of the data is subject to error.