Niagara Compliance Audit Committee

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 requires each municipality and school board in Ontario to establish a compliance audit committee to consider compliance audit applications.

In 2018, the municipalities and school boards of Niagara once again partnered to establish the joint Niagara Compliance Audit Committee.

List of Participants

  • Local Area Municipalities: Town of Fort Erie, Town of Grimsby, Town of Lincoln, City of Niagara Falls, Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Town of Pelham, City of Port Colborne, City of St. Catharines, City of Thorold, Township of Wainfleet, City of Welland and Township of West Lincoln
  • Region: Regional Municipality of Niagara
  • School Boards: District School Board of Niagara and Niagara Catholic District School Board.

Compliance Audit Applications

The compliance audit committee reviews and makes decisions on applications for compliance audits of finances for candidates for the Councils/Boards of the Participants and registered third party advertisers.

If an elector entitled to vote believes on reasonable grounds that a candidate or registered third party advertiser has contravened any of the campaign finance rules, the elector may apply for a compliance audit.

Applications for Regional Chair candidates shall be filed with the Regional Clerk. Municipal and school board candidate applications (including Regional Councillors) are filed with the appropriate municipal Clerk.

Eligible Elector

  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age;
  • Resides in a municipality, or is the owner or tenant of land, or the spouse of such owner or tenant, in Niagara

Purpose of the Committee

  • Consider whether to grant or reject a compliance audit application made by an eligible elector
  • Appoints an auditor, if the application is granted
  • Receives and considers the auditor's report and decides whether legal proceedings should be commenced
  • Considers reports from the Clerk identifying contributors who appear to have contravened election contribution limits and decides whether legal proceedings should be commenced.

Powers and functions of the committee are found in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, Sections 88.33-88.37.

Appointments to Niagara Compliance Audit Committee – 2018-2022 Term

  • John Bald – Niagara Falls
  • Robert Ciarlo – Grimsby
  • Dinesh Parakh – Niagara Falls
  • Lawrence Peebles – St. Catharines
  • Margo Pinder – Ridgeway
  • Matthew Swindley - Thorold
  • Keith Vogl – Grimsby

Clerks Contact Information

Visit the Local Area Municipal Clerks Contact Information page for phone number and email addresses of the Clerks within the Niagara region.

© 2018 The Niagara Compliance Audit Committee