Compliance Audit Committee

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Municipal Office

395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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​​​​​​​Purpose

If an eligible elector in the Town of Newmarket believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate for municipal office has contravened the Municipal Elections Act, with respect to municipal campaign finances, they may apply to have an audit of the candidate's campaign finances. The Compliance Audit Committee (the Committee) reviews such applications and decides to grant an audit or reject it. A compliance audit request for a school board trustee must be directed to the School Board.

For the 2014 municipal election a Joint committee has been established for the Municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Vaughan.

Compliance Audit Applications

An application to request a compliance audit of the financial statement of John Taylor's Regional Councillor campaign was received on June 22, 2015. Please click here to see the application.

The Town of Newmarket Compliance Audit Committee met on July 14, 2015 at the Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket to consider an application for a compliance audit of John Taylor's Regional Councillor campaign finances.

Please see here for the Notice of Decision ​from that meeting. The minutes of the meeting can be found on the Agendas, Minutes and Meetings.

Compliance Audit Process

Any elector entitled to vote in Ward 5 may file a Compliance Audit Request​ for any Ward 5 candidate in the 2016 Ward 5 By-election. 

The eligible elector who requests an audit must file an application with the Clerk of the Town of Newmarket after January 3, 2017.

The application must be made by:

  • April 3, 2017, or
  • 90 days after the date the candidate filed their financial statement if filed within the 30 day grace period, or
  • 90 days after the submission of their supplementary filing.

The Clerk will receive the application and has ten days to send the application to the Compliance Audit Committee and Town Council.

The Committee is required to meet within 30 days of receiving the application from the Clerk and determine if an audit is required or if the application is rejected.

The decision of the Committee about granting or rejecting the audit may be appealed to the Ontario Court of Justice within 15 days of the Committee making the decision.

If the Committee grants the audit an auditor licensed under the Public Accounting Act, 2004 will be appointed.

The Auditor will then conduct the audit to determine if the candidate has complied with the requirements of the Municipal Elections Act with regard to election campaign finances.

The auditor will submit a report to the Clerk of the Town of Newmarket, the candidate, Town Council, and the applicant.

The Clerk has 10 days to send the report to the Compliance Audit Committee.

The Committee has 30 days to meet and consider the report from the auditor. The Committee will decide at this meeting whether to commence legal proceedings against the candidate. If the report indicates that there were no apparent contraventions found and the Committee finds there were no reasonable grounds for the application, Council is entitled to recover the costs of the audit from the applicant.

For the complete rules of procedure please click here.

Members

Terry Alderson
Janet Andrews
Ron Colucci
Robert Freedman
Mark Gannage
Kelly Gravelle
Paul Jones
Karen Leung
Jason Nice

Agendas and Minutes 

For Agendas and Minutes visit the Agendas, Minutes and Meetings page.

Documents and Additional Information