Municipalities in Elgin County established a Joint Compliance Audit Committee (Committee) under Subsection 81.1 (2) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. The Committee is charged with the following duties:
- Within 30 days of receipt of an application requesting a compliance audit, the Committee shall consider the compliance audit application and decide whether it should be granted or rejected;
- If the application is granted, the Committee shall appoint an auditor to conduct a compliance audit of the candidate's election campaign finances;
- The Committee will review the auditor's report within 10 days of receipt and shall decide whether legal proceedings should be commenced; and
- If the auditor's report indicates that there were no apparent contraventions and if there appears there were no reasonable grounds for the application, the Committee shall advise Council accordingly.