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 2018-2022 Council Term.  

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 City of Hamilton Application for Election Compliance Audit (PDF, 91 KB) 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 22, 2018 Election must be made within 90 days after the latest of the following dates:

  • The filing date under section 88.30 - Friday March 29, 2019 by 4:30 pm
  • 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 27, 2019 by 4:30 pm
  • 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.

Meeting minutes

Election Compliance Audit Committee Decisions