2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee

Under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, (MEA) candidates, registered third-party advertisers, and contributors are bound by specific election campaign finance rules.  Candidates and registered third-party advertisers must file financial statements with the City Clerk outlining their campaign finance activities by the deadlines outlined in the MEA.

Committee Mandate and Membership

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996, (MEA) requires that municipalities establish a Compliance Audit Committee to review and consider compliance audit applications. The 2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee has the following powers and functions under the MEA:

  • Consider compliance audit applications submitted by an eligible elector who believes that a candidate or registered third-party has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act relating to campaign finances and decide whether to grant or reject the application.
  • Appoint an auditor to conduct an audit where the application is granted.
  • Review and consider the auditor's report and if the report concludes that the candidate or registered third-party advertiser appears to have contravened the MEA, decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced against the candidate or registered third-party advertiser.
  • Receive and consider report(s) from the City Clerk identifying contributors who appear to have contravened any of the contribution limits set out in the MEA, and decide whether to commence a legal proceeding against a contributor for an apparent contravention.

The City of Pickering, through a joint initiative with the City of Oshawa, Town of Whitby, Regional Municipality of Durham and the Durham District School Board, recruited a roster of individuals, eligible to serve as Members of the 2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee, for a term commencing December 1, 2018 through November 14, 2022. 

Members:

  • Aileen Ashman
  • Richard Austin
  • David Boghosian
  • Paul Jones
  • Ron Kanter
  • Gurlal Kler
  • Peter Robinson
  • Chris Rous
  • Gary Valcour
  • David Michael Wade
  • Joseph Wyger

How to submit an Application for a Compliance Audit

Any eligible elector who believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or registered third-party advertiser contravened one of the election finance rules set out in the MEA, may submit an application for a compliance audit. 

All requests for a compliance audit must be made on the prescribed 2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Application Form.  A separate compliance audit application must be submitted for each individual candidate.  All completed applications for a compliance audit will be forwarded to the Committee in accordance with the provisions of the MEA.  There is no fee for submitting an application.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.

Deadline for submitting an Application

Applications for a compliance audit must be made within 90 days after the latest of the following:

  • The filing date under section 88.30 of the MEA (March 29, 2019);
  • The date the candidate or registered third-party filed a financial statement, if the statement was filed within 30 days after the applicable filing date (up to April 29, 2019) under section 88.30 of the MEA;
  • The candidate's supplementary filing date (September 27, 2019), if applicable, under section 88.30 of the MEA;
  • The date on which the candidate's extension, if any, under section 88.23(6) of the MEA expires; or
  • The date on which the registered third-party's extension, if any, under section 88.27(3) of the MEA expires.

Applicants will be notified of the Committee's hearings and decisions on the application.

Questions

Contact the Clerk's Office at 905.420.4611 or email clerks@pickering.ca.

Resources

Media Release

2018 Compliance Audit Committee Terms of Reference

2018 Financial Statements

2018 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Application Form

Alternate formats of the Application Form are available upon request.