Compliance Audit Committee

A joint Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC) has been established by the Region of Waterloo, Cities of Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo and Townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich. When an application for a compliance audit is received, a meeting is held in the applicable municipality. 

Submitting an application for a compliance audit of a candidate's election campaign finances:

  • Must be done by an elector who is entitled to vote in an election
  • Reasonable grounds that a candidate has contravened a provision of the Municipal Elections Act
  • Must be for a candidate in the municipal election within the applicable Municipality
  • Financial Statements must be filed prior to the submission of an application
  • Applications concerning election campaign finances for candidates in an area municipality need to be made to the appropriate Municipal Clerk 
  • applications for one of the Regional Council seats are made to the Regional Clerk in writing and set out the reasons for the application.

The application must be made within 90 days after the submission of:

  • the candidate's financial statement and auditor's report reflecting the candidate's election finances
  • the candidate's supplementary filing date, if any
  • the filing date for the final financial statement, or
  • the date on which the candidate's extension, if any, expires
What happens after I submit an application to the Region?
  • Within 10 days of receiving the application, the Regional Clerk forwards the application to the Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC).
  • Within 30 days of receiving the application, the MECAC reviews it and decides whether it should be granted or rejected.
  • The decision of the MECAC may be appealed to the Superior Court of Justice within 15 days of the decision and the Court may make any decision the MECAC could have made.
  • If the MECAC decides to grant the application, an auditor -- who is licensed under the Public Accounting Act, 2004 or prescribed persons -- is appointed to conduct a compliance audit of the candidate's election campaign finances.
  • The auditor will conduct an audit of the candidate's election campaign finances and will prepare a report outlining any apparent contravention by the candidate. The report is provided to the candidate, the applicant and the Regional Clerk.
  • Within 10 days of receiving the report, the Regional Clerk forwards the report to the MECAC. The committee considers the report within 30 days and may commence any legal proceeding against the candidate for any apparent contravention.

For additional information on compliance audits, please see section 88 of the Municipal Elections Act

Area Clerks Contact Information:
City of Cambridge
City of Cambridge: Michael Di Lullo, 519-623-1340, E-Mail 
City of Kitchener
City of Kitchener: Christine Tarling, 519-741-2203, E-Mail 
City of Waterloo 
City of Waterloo: Olga Smith, 519-886-1550, E-Mail 
Region of Waterloo 
Region of Waterloo: Lee Ann Wetzel, Deputy Clerk, 519-575-4410, E-Mail
Township of North Dumfries 
Township of North Dumfries: Ashley Sage, 519-632-8800 ext. 122, E-Mail 
Township of Wellesley 
Township of Wellesley: Grace Kosch, 519-699-4611, E-Mail 
Township of Wilmot 
Township of Wilmot: Dawn Mittelholtz, 519-634-8444, E-mail
Township of Woolwich 
Township of Woolwich: Val Hummel, 519-669-6005, E-Mail 

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