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Election Compliance Audit Committee

Election Compliance Audit Committee

2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee

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

Any eligible elector who believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or registered third-party advertiser has broken one of the election finance rules set out in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, may submit an application for a compliance audit.

The applicable deadlines for each candidate are posted with the Financial Statements for the 2020 Cumberland By-election.

Please note that the deadlines for filing compliance audit applications with respect to the 2018 regular elections and the Ward 13 by-election have passed.

Committee Mandate and Membership

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 requires that municipalities establish a committee to hear applications for compliance audits of the election campaign finances of candidates and registered third-party advertisers. 

The 2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee will:

  • Consider applications for a compliance audit of the campaign finances of a candidate for municipal council or a registered third-party advertiser resulting from the regular municipal election or any by-election held during the term of office for the Council for which the Committee was appointed;
  • Appoint an auditor, if the Committee decides to grant a compliance audit;
  • Review the auditor’s report and if the report concludes that the candidate or registered third-party advertiser appears to have contravened the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced against the candidate or registered third-party advertiser; and
  • 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 Municipal Elections Act, 1996, and decide whether to commence a legal proceeding against a contributor for an apparent contravention.

The members of the 2018-2022 Election Compliance Audit Committee are as follows:

  1. Douglas Wallace (Chair)
  2. Carmelle Bédard (Vice-Chair)
  3. Catherine Bergeron
  4. Jason Huang
  5. Peter O’Callaghan

2018 Financial Statements (Regular Election)

Financial statements as filed by candidates for City Council and registered third-party advertisers are posted.

2019 Financial Statements (Ward 13 By-election)

Financial statements as filed by candidates for City Council and registered third-party advertisers are posted.

2020 Financial Statements (Ward 19 By-election)

Financial statements as filed by candidates for City Council and registered third-party advertisers are posted.

Meetings and Decisions

Information on the Committee’s meetings (including dates, location, and agendas) and decisions will be posted below.

2018-2022 Election Compliance Audit Committee

Meeting date Agenda Minutes and decisions
May 17, 2019 Agenda 1 Minutes 1
June 24, 2019 Agenda 2 Minutes 2
July 17, 2019 Agenda 3 Minutes 3
August 26, 2019 Agenda 4 Minutes 4
September 30, 2019 Agenda 5 Minutes 5
December 6, 2019 Agenda 6 Minutes 6
December 16, 2019 Agenda 7 Minutes 7
March 10, 2020 Agenda 8 Disposition 8

How to Submit an Application for a Compliance Audit

Any eligible elector who believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate has broken one of the election finance rules set out in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, may submit an application for a compliance audit.

An eligible elector is:

  • a resident of the City of Ottawa, or an owner or tenant of land in the City of Ottawa, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • not prohibited from voting by law.

All requests for a compliance audit must be made on the appropriate form provided below. Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant. A separate compliance audit application must be submitted for each individual candidate. All complete applications for a compliance audit will be forwarded to the Committee. There is no fee for submitting an application.

The Committee does not receive applications to audit school board trustee campaigns. Contacts for school board-related campaigns are as follows:

  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board – Michèle Giroux, 613-596-8211, ext. 8607, michele.giroux@ocdsb.ca
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board – Hilary Close, 613-224-4455, ext. 2271, Corporate.Affairs@ocsb.ca
  • Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est – Annick Letang, 613-746-3053, letana@ecolecatholique.ca
  • Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario – Tara Gray, 613-742-8960 ext. 2201, tara.gray@cepeo.on.ca

Process for submitting an application

  1. Complete the Application for a Municipal Election Compliance Audit for the City of Ottawa. This form is also available in hard copy at the Elections Office.
  2. Submit the completed form in person at the Elections Office.
  • The Elections Office is closed to the general public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ottawa. Visitors needing to access this facility must make an appointment.
    • City of Ottawa Elections Office, 1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B
    • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    • Telephone: 613-580-2660
    • Email: elections@ottawa.ca

The application must be submitted before 4:30 pm on any regular business day and must be submitted before the deadline applicable to the candidate or registered third party advertiser.

Alternative formats are available upon request. Please call the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 or email elections@ottawa.ca if you require assistance.

Deadline for submitting an application

There are two periods for compliance audit requests: the preliminary financial filing period and the supplementary financial filing period. Applications for a compliance audit must be made within 90 days of their filing, and must be made by 4 pm on any regular business day:

With respect to the Ward 19 By-election:

  • Applications for a compliance audit on a preliminary financial filing can be made after 2 pm on Monday, December 21, 2020 until 4:30 pm on Monday, March 22, 2021.
  • Applications for a compliance audit on a supplementary financial filing can be made after 2 pm on Friday, June 18, 2021 until 4:30 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021.

Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s meetings and decisions related to the application.

Questions?

Call the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 or email elections@ottawa.ca.