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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. See the final public engagement report regarding campaign finances.

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. See the final public engagement report regarding campaign finances.

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.)