A campaign contribution rebate program, applicable to contributions to candidates for an office on Council, was approved on January 11, 2016, and is outlined in By-law 2016-004.
A candidate for an office on the Municipal Council who participates in the rebate program:
- shall comply with section 78 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, requiring that a financial statement be filed on or before 2 p.m. on the filing date, reflecting the candidate’s election campaign finances;
- shall submit the documents filed under subsection 78 of the Act, as the case may be, along with a copy of the receipt issued for each contribution;
- shall pay any campaign surplus to the Corporation of the Town of Oakville which shall become the property of the municipality; and
- shall file all of the appropriate documentation in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, and By-law 2016-004, and any compliance audit applications shall be resolved in favour of the candidate, prior to any rebates being issued to contributors.
Candidates participating in the rebate program will be issued receipts by the Town Clerk to be used for eligible contributors. This receipt is a 4-copy NCR form.
The original (white) copy of the receipt will serve as the contributor’s application form for a campaign contribution rebate, and must be filed with the Town Clerk, by the contributor, on or before 4:30 p.m., June 30, 2016. Candidates should encourage the contributor to complete and submit his/her receipt as soon as possible.
If the candidates’ campaign period is extended, under paragraph 4 or 5 of subsection 68(1) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, the application for rebate shall be submitted within three (3) months after the date the receipt is issued.
Rebate contribution requirements/restrictions:
- the contributor must be an eligible elector, residing in the Town of Oakville;
- the minimum contribution qualifying for a rebate shall be $100;
- each contribution of $100 or more shall be eligible for a rebate of 50%;
- Corporations and Trade Unions are not eligible to participate in the rebate program;
- a candidate for an office on Municipal Council, their spouse, common law spouse or children of the same, are not eligible to receive a rebate for contributions to that individual candidate’s campaign; and
- a contributor must complete and submit the white portion of the rebate receipt to the Clerk’s department within the required time-frame(s).
For more details regarding the rebate program please refer to By-law 2016-004.