During the later 1970’s and early 1980’s there was considerable change in municipal government in Ontario.  A large number of new Regions, Cities and Towns were created by the Province of Ontario to keep pace with the growth of population.  With the creation of new Corporations and the fast growth of many other problems arose in adequately controlling the finances of some municipal corporations.  Part of the answer to these problems was improving the quality and number of staff in Treasury and Finance Departments.

Also at this time the function of Internal Auditors was emerging as an important part of the answer to control problems in both the private and public sectors.  A few municipalities already had Internal Audit functions, many more have now started this service.

During the early 1980’s as these Municipal Internal Auditors met each other at professional meetings it was felt that it would be beneficial to get together from time to time like staff in most other municipal activities such as Finance, Engineering, Planning, Social Work, Personnel and Recreation.

The first meeting was held on January 4, 1984 and included ten people from seven municipalities.  Meetings have continued to be held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.

Over time it was decided by the members of the group to formalize their organization. At its meeting on October 29, 1985, Goals and Objectives for the group were approved.

It was also decided to incorporate the group as the Municipal Internal Auditors Association of Ontario.