City of Toronto

Electronic Financial Filing System (EFFS)

s78(7)of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, City of Toronto by-law no. 1178-2009.

What is EFFS?

EFFS is a free online application that is available to all candidates and allows them to:

  • track and calculate all contributions and expenses
  • print receipts
  • import scanned signature for receipt purposes
  • create an electronic file of receipts (ability to email directly to contributors)
  • link one contributor to multiple contributions
  • be notified of any contributions that exceed the allowable limit
  • input fund-raising functions and activities
  • display contribution information (amount of contributions, list of contributors who contributed over $100) on the financial statement
  • produce the financial statement on the prescribed form
  • submit contributions details electronically with the financial statement
  • set up accounts for campaign staff and monitor activity of those accounts

After the financial filing deadline, the candidate's financial statement and list of contributors who contributed over $100 will be posted on the city's website. Candidates should notify their contributors that their name, address, amount of contribution and who they contributed to will appear on the website. All financial information is available at  

Candidates for mayor or councillor who plan to participate in the City's contribution rebate program are strongly encouraged to register to use EFFS. 

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 requires a candidate to file the original copy of their financial statement.

How to register to use EFFS

Candidates do not have to register to use EFFS.  They can access it through MyCampaign.


An EFFS manual is available with step-by-step instructions on entering contributions, expenses, fundraisers and producing the financial statement,


If candidates or their designates are experiencing technical difficulties they can call the Candidate Information Line at 416-395-0025 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or email

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