City of Toronto 2006 municipal election candidate financial information now available online

    TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - 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.

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Essensa, Director of Elections and
Registry Services, (416) 392-8019

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