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April 2, 2007
City of Toronto 2006 municipal election candidate financial information now available online
The public now has online access to financial information for all candidates who ran in the November 13, 2006 City of Toronto municipal election. The City has begun posting financial statements and contributor lists on its website at The deadline to file financial statements is today at 5 p.m.

Some financial files are now online. Others will be posted on April 13, 20 and 27. Hard copies of all candidate financial files can be viewed at City Hall, Elections and Registry Services - 1st floor, starting April 3.

“The City of Toronto is the first municipality in Canada to implement an electronic financial filing application for elections,” said City Clerk, Ulli Watkiss. “Electronic filing enhances transparency in the reporting of revenues and expenditures by municipal election candidates, and improves public access to that information.”

Developed by the City Clerk’s Office in partnership with the Information and Technology Division, the Electronic Financial Filing System (EFFS) for municipal candidates enables candidates to electronically complete contribution receipts, track contributors and the total amount of contributions received, and provides a new automated means for candidates to submit their financial statements to the City. The application also provides access for the public and media to review candidate election campaign information online.

“Posting campaign information online for all 456 candidates who ran in the November 2006 municipal election allows for a more open and democratic process since members of the public can now view and search candidate financial statements and contributions on the City’s website,” added Watkiss.

The Toronto Government’s EFFS for Municipal Candidates received a bronze award at last year’s Public Sector Quality Fair - an event that showcases 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, 416-392-8019



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