Election Compliance Audit Process
If an eligible elector believes, on reasonable grounds, a candidate or registered third party has contravened the rules of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (the Act) relating to election campaign finances, he or she can request a compliance audit of the candidate's or registered third party finances.
City Council has established an Election Compliance Audit Committee to consider applications for the 2022-2026 Council Term.
Application for an Election Compliance Audit Request
To file an application for an election compliance audit request of a candidate's or a Registered Third Party’s election campaign finances:
- An eligible elector is required to complete the application and provide reasons for belief and any supporting documentation.
- An application for mayor or councillor candidate and Registered Third Party must be filed with the City Clerk at:
City Clerk's Office
City Hall, 1st Floor
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8P 4Y5
An application for a school board trustee candidate must be filed with the Director of the applicable school board.
The Act provides that the application for the October 24, 2022 Election must be made within 90 days after the latest of these dates:
- The filing date under section 88.30 - Friday March 31, 2023 by 2 pm. Applications accepted until Thursday June 29, 2023.
- 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 under section 88.30.
- The candidate’s or registered third party’s supplementary filing date, if any, under section 88.30 - Friday September 29, 2023 by 2 pm. Applications accepted until December 28, 2023.
- The date on which the candidate’s or registered third party’s extension, if any, under subsection 88.23 (6) or 88.27(3) expires.