Campaign Finance Accountability

In early 2015 Halifax Regional Council began a conversation on election campaign finance accountability. This conversation resulted in the Province of Nova Scotia (April 2016) making amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipal Charter to allow for a municipal by-law to provide greater clarity on how election campaign finances are administered. Regional Council has directed staff to continue the conversation with the public to gain a better understanding on election campaign finance accountability before drafting a by-law for Council’s consideration. Two stakeholder meetings were held in May and three public engagement meetings in June.

Next Steps, the By-law Adoption Process:

Step 1
Public consultation in June. COMPLETED

Step 2
Staff report for Council based on public consultation.

Step 3
Executive Standing Committee - public feedback opportunity.

Step 4
Council Agenda Process - formally listed on Council agenda with a recommendation of first reading to start the by-law process.

Step 5
Regional Council First Reading - possible public hearing.

Step 6
Regional Council Second Reading - by-law passes after second reading.

For more details refer to the Background Guide and Jurisdictional Scan, page 36. (This document opens in a new window.)


In early 2015 Halifax Regional Council began a conversation on election campaign finance accountability. This conversation resulted in the Province of Nova Scotia (April 2016) making amendments to the Halifax Regional Municipal Charter to allow for a municipal by-law to provide greater clarity on how election campaign finances are administered. Regional Council has directed staff to continue the conversation with the public to gain a better understanding on election campaign finance accountability before drafting a by-law for Council’s consideration. Two stakeholder meetings were held in May and three public engagement meetings in June.

Next Steps, the By-law Adoption Process:

Step 1
Public consultation in June. COMPLETED

Step 2
Staff report for Council based on public consultation.

Step 3
Executive Standing Committee - public feedback opportunity.

Step 4
Council Agenda Process - formally listed on Council agenda with a recommendation of first reading to start the by-law process.

Step 5
Regional Council First Reading - possible public hearing.

Step 6
Regional Council Second Reading - by-law passes after second reading.

For more details refer to the Background Guide and Jurisdictional Scan, page 36. (This document opens in a new window.)