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Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee

Municipal Elections Compliance Audit Committee
Posted on 05/08/2018
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Members Needed for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is currently seeking candidates for appointment to the OCDSB 2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee. The Committee is a statutory body established in accordance with Section 88.37 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (the “MEA”).

The 2018-2022 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee will:

  • Consider applications for compliance audits of municipal election campaign finances for candidates or third party advertisers resulting from the regular municipal election or any by-election held during the term of office for the Council and school boards for which the Committee was appointed;
  • Appoint an auditor, if the Committee decides to grant a compliance audit;
  • Review the auditor’s report and:
    •  If the report concludes that the candidate appears to have contravened the MEA, decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced against the candidate; or
    • If the report finds that the candidate does not appear to have contravened the MEA, make a finding as to whether there were reasonable grounds for the application. 

There are statutory deadlines attached to the Committee’s work, and there will be mandatory training on procedures provided to all Committee members.

The OCDSB’s Election Compliance Audit Committee members will also be appointed to serve on the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Election Compliance Audit Committee. Successful applicants would be expected to serve both organizations.

Membership and Eligibility

The Election Compliance Audit Committee will be comprised of five members and one alternate member.

Qualifications

  • Applicants must have a thorough understanding of the municipal campaign finance rules under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996;
  • Ideal candidates include former municipal clerks or Elections Office managers, auditors,  accountants, lawyers, or other individuals with knowledge of the campaign financing rules of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, or its provincial or federal counterparts;
  • Training will be provided, however, previous experience on committees or tribunals is valuable.

The following are not eligible to sit on the Election Compliance Audit Committee:

  • Employees or officers of the City of Ottawa, the OCDSB or OCSB;
  • Members of Council or members of the OCDSB or OCSB;
  • Candidates of the municipal election for which the Committee is established; or
  • Any persons who are registered third parties in the City of Ottawa.

Individuals appointed to the Committee must not have audited or prepared financial statements or have any other formal relationship with any candidate running for office during the October 22, 2018 municipal election, including those candidates for the office of school board trustee.

The Election Compliance Audit Committee’s term of office begins on October 1st, 2018 and ends on September 30th, 2022.

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed. Selected candidates may be invited for an interview. The interview panel will include representatives from both the OCDSB and the OCSB.

Remuneration

Members will receive an annual retainer of $600. Additionally, Committee Members will receive $175 an hour for meetings, to a maximum of $1250 per day.

How to Apply

Applications, accompanied by a letter of interest and a current resume, must be received by June 1, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Applications must be submitted using the online application form

Questions? Email elections@ocdsb.ca  | Phone (613) 596-8211 x 8381

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