​​​If an eligible elector in the Town of Aurora believes under reasonable grounds that a candidate for municipal office has contravened the Municipal Elections Act, with respect to municipal campaign finances, they may apply to have an audit of the candidate's campaign finances.

​Purpose

If an eligible elector in the Town of Aurora believes under reasonable grounds that a candidate for municipal office has contravened the Municipal Elections Act, with respect to municipal campaign finances, they may apply to have an audit of the candidate's campaign finances.

The Compliance Audit Committee (the Committee) reviews such applications and makes a recommendation regarding a compliance audit of a candidate's campaign finances. A compliance audit request for a school board trustee must be directed to the School Board.

For the 2014 municipal election a Joint committee has been established for the Municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Aurora, Richmond Hill and Whitchurch-Stouffville and Vaughan.

​Compliance Audit Process

Any elector entitled to vote in Aurora may file a Compliance Audit Request for any Aurora candidate in the 2014 municipal election.

The eligible elector who requests the audit must file an application with the Clerk of the Town of Aurora after 2 pm on March 27, 2015. The application form will be available here before March 27, 2015 and must be submitted in person by the applicant.
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Note: The Form includes an affidavit that must be signed in front of the Town Clerk, Deputy Clerk or any Commissioner for Taking Affidavits or Notary Public)

The application must be made during regular business hours by: 

  • June 25, 2015 or
  • December 24, 2015 (if the Candidate applied for an extension of their campaign).

The Clerk will receive the application and has ten days to send the application to the Compliance Audit Committee and Town Council.

The Committee, which will be comprised of 3 to 7 Members, is required to meet within 30 days of receiving the application from the Clerk and determine if an audit is required or if the application is rejected.

The decision of the Committee about granting or rejecting the audit may be appealed to the Ontario Court of Justice within 15 days of the Committee making the decision.

If the Committee grants the audit an auditor licensed under the Public Accounting Act, 2004 will be appointed.

The Auditor will then conduct the audit to determine if the candidate has complied with the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act with regard to election campaign finances.

The auditor will submit a report to the Clerk of the Town of Aurora, the candidate, Town Council, and the applicant.

The Clerk has ten days to send the report to the Compliance Audit Committee.

The Committee has thirty days to meet and consider the report from the auditor. The Committee will decide at this meeting whether to commence legal proceedings against the candidate. If the report indicates that there were no apparent contraventions found and the Committee finds there were no reasonable grounds for the application, Council is entitled to recover the costs of the audit from the applicant.

Members

  • Terry Alderson
  • Janet Andrews
  • Ron Colucci
  • Robert Freedman
  • Mark Gannage
  • Kelly Gravelle
  • Paul Jones
  • Karen Leung
  • Jason Nice



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