Contribution Rebate Program Review

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The Town is asking for your help in considering whether the Contribution Rebate Program should continue to be offered in future Ajax municipal elections. Staff presented an analysis of the program to Council in June of 2020, and recommended that the program be discontinued (refer to the files under the Documents for more information); Council directed staff to conduct public consultation on the program and are now seeking public feedback to help determine whether the Contribution Rebate Program should continue in future municipal elections.

Background Information

Under the Municipal Elections Act, municipalities may offer financial rebates to reimburse campaign donations made to candidates in municipal elections. The purpose of the program is to reduce financial barriers to candidates running for municipal office by rebating a portion of the campaign donations made by Ajax residents. The Town of Ajax has offered a Contribution Rebate Program for all candidates seeking election to Ajax Council since 2000. The rebates are paid from the Town’s municipal elections reserve, which is funded by the general tax levy. The rebate program typically costs between $10,000 and $20,000 each municipal election.

Get involved

Take the survey! Share your opinion and complete the Contribution Rebate Program survey by August 31, 2020. If you require assistance, call 905-619-2529, ext. 3342.

The Town is asking for your help in considering whether the Contribution Rebate Program should continue to be offered in future Ajax municipal elections. Staff presented an analysis of the program to Council in June of 2020, and recommended that the program be discontinued (refer to the files under the Documents for more information); Council directed staff to conduct public consultation on the program and are now seeking public feedback to help determine whether the Contribution Rebate Program should continue in future municipal elections.

Background Information

Under the Municipal Elections Act, municipalities may offer financial rebates to reimburse campaign donations made to candidates in municipal elections. The purpose of the program is to reduce financial barriers to candidates running for municipal office by rebating a portion of the campaign donations made by Ajax residents. The Town of Ajax has offered a Contribution Rebate Program for all candidates seeking election to Ajax Council since 2000. The rebates are paid from the Town’s municipal elections reserve, which is funded by the general tax levy. The rebate program typically costs between $10,000 and $20,000 each municipal election.

Get involved

Take the survey! Share your opinion and complete the Contribution Rebate Program survey by August 31, 2020. If you require assistance, call 905-619-2529, ext. 3342.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for participating in this survey. Please answer the following questions, providing as much detail as possible. All questions are optional, and you may be asked follow-up questions based on your answers. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes.

    This survey is anonymous – all answers provided will be used as part of the review process and may be published in future public reports to Council, but shall not be attributed to their submitter. Any personal information collected on this survey is collected pursuant to the Municipal Act, 2001, and will only be used for the purpose for which it is collected, and will not be distributed or used by the Town of Ajax for any other purpose. Questions about this collection may be directed to the Town of Ajax Records & Freedom of Information Coordinator at 65 Harwood Avenue South, Ajax, Ontario, L1S 2H9 or 905-619-2529 x 3343.

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