The United Conservative Party of Alberta raised a record-breaking $4 million in the first quarter of 2023, marking over half of the Alberta NDP’s total donations last year. 

It also marks the most successful fundraising quarter in the party’s history.

UCP President Cynthia Moore said the achievement is proof that Albertans understand the importance of the upcoming provincial election and to keep the province moving forward under the leadership of Alberta Premier Danielle Smith.

“We are proud to have such strong support from Albertans who are standing with us in this important moment for our province’s future.”

In total, $3,154,781 was raised by UCP headquarters. A further $840,160 was raised by UCP constituency associations, although the actual total is expected to be higher since not all donations have been reported to party headquarters.  

Elections Alberta will publish the Alberta NDP’s Q1 fundraising numbers on May 4.

In 2022, the New Democrats received $7.2 million in donations.

According to Elections Alberta quarterly reports, the Opposition NDP raised $3.3 million in Q4, $1.4 million in Q3, $1.4 million in Q2 and $1 million in Q1.

The UCP raised $2 million in Q4, $973,000 in Q3, $521,000 in Q2 and $888,000 in Q1. That’s a total of $4.4 million in donations.

Those numbers were impacted by the summer leadership race, in which both Smith and runner-up Travis Toews raised over $1 million for their campaigns. As well, all seven leadership candidates raised $175,000 to run.

The UCP also says it’s now the largest provincial political party in Canada with over 130,000 members.


  • Rachel Emmanuel

    Rachel is a seasoned political reporter who’s covered government institutions from a variety of levels. A Carleton University journalism graduate, she was a multimedia reporter for three local Niagara newspapers. Her work has been published in the Toronto Star. Rachel was the inaugural recipient of the Political Matters internship, placing her at The Globe and Mail’s parliamentary bureau. She spent three years covering the federal government for iPolitics. Rachel is the Alberta correspondent for True North based in Edmonton.