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August 17, 2007
City’s Electronic Financial Filing System receives second award
The City of Toronto has received a second award for its Electronic Financial Filing System (EFFS). The City’s EFFS was recently recognized with the 2007 Excellence in Municipal Systems Award from the Ontario Chapter of the Municipal Information Systems Association - an organization dedicated to the use of information technology to provide better and more cost effective services.

Toronto is the first municipality in Canada to develop a web-based tool for remote filing and viewing of the financial information of municipal election candidates. The EFFS application was developed in-house by staff of the I&T Division and the City Clerk’s Office.

“Toronto is proud to be the first municipality in Canada to offer a web-based tool for filing and viewing candidates’ election information online,” said City Clerk, Ulli Watkiss. “This is the second award the City’s electronic financial filing application has received, which reaffirms the City’s commitment to a more open and accessible democratic process for elections.”

The EFFS provides a secure, integrated system for candidates to e-file their campaign financial statements and rebate applications, as well as electronically issue receipts. The system allows the public to view detailed campaign financial information anytime via the City’s website. The public can also conduct searches, cross-reference campaign information and generate reports online.

“The Election Financial Filing System is an efficient tool that significantly improves the public’s ability to access election campaign information themselves, in an easy and timely fashion,” said Dave Wallace, Chief Information Officer. “Members of the public can view and search candidates’ campaign records online - anytime and anywhere - instead of manually sorting through thousands of documents in person.”

The City of Toronto’s EFFS received a Bronze Award at the 2006 Public Service Quality Fair - an event that showcased service quality excellence in government, health-care and education sectors across Ontario.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Greg Essensa
Director of Elections and Registry Services



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