The municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville and York Region have established a Joint Compliance Audit Committee for the 2018 Municipal Election under section 88.37 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996.
Compliance Audit Applications
Should an eligible voter who believes that there are reasonable grounds that a candidate for Municipal Council in the Municipal Election has contravened a provision of the Act relating to election campaign finances, may apply for a compliance audit of the candidate's election campaign finances. In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, applications must be submitted to the Town Clerk by:
- June 27, 2019, for a candidate or third party advertiser who filed their financial statement by the 2 p.m. on March 29, 2019.
- Within 90 days of the date on which a candidate or third party advertiser filed their financial statement if filed within 30 days of March 29, 2019.
- Within 90 days of the date on which a candidate or third party advertiser submits a supplementary financial statement
Compliance audits for school board trustee candidates are not considered by the Joint Compliance Audit Committee.
The Clerk will receive all applications and has 10 days to send the application to the Joint Compliance Audit Committee and Town Council.
The Committee 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 respecting the granting or rejecting an audit may be appealed to the Superior Court of Justice within 15 days of the Committee making a decision.
If the Committee grants an audit, an auditor licensed under the Public Accounting Act, 2004 will be appointed to conduct an audit. The Auditor is responsible for conducting an 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 Town Clerk, the candidate, Town Council, and the applicant.
The Town Clerk has 10 days to forward the report to the Joint Compliance Audit Committee.
The Committee has 30 days to meet and consider the report from the auditor. The Committee will decide 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.
Compliance Audit Committee Members
- Terry Alderson
- Ron Colucci
- Jodie L. Feldman
- Robert M. Freedman
- Mark Gannage
- Kelly Gravelle
- Paul Jones
- Reagan Ruslim
- Vince Scaramuzza