Election Compliance Audit Process

If an eligible elector believes, on reasonable grounds, a candidate that 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 finances.

City Council has established an Election Compliance Audit Committee to consider applications for the 2014-2018 Council Term.  

To file an application for an election compliance audit request of a candidate's election campaign finances:

  • An eligible elector is required to complete the City of Hamilton Application for Election Compliance Audit (PDF, 48 KB) and provide reasons for belief and any supporting documentation.
  • An application for mayor or councillor candidate 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 March 21, 2016 Ward 7 By-Election must be made within 90 days after the latest of the:

  • primary filing date under section 78 of the Act - Friday, May 20, 2016 by 2 pm
  • supplementary filing date under section 78 of the Act - Monday, November 21, 2016 by 2 pm
  • filing date for the final financial statement under section 79.1 of the Act
  • date on which the candidate's extension, if any, expires 80(4) of the Act

Applications for a Compliance Audit request must be received in the Clerk’s Office by the following dates:

  • for the By-Election campaign period - Thursday, August 18, 2016 by 4:30 pm
  • for the supplementary By-Election campaign period - Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by 4:30 pm

Meeting minutes

Election Compliance Audit Committee Decisions