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KPMG LLP <br />618 Greenwood Centre <br />3200 Deziel Drive <br />Windsor ON N8W 51<8 <br />Canada <br />Telephone (519) 251-3500 <br />Fax (519) 251 3530 <br />INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT <br />To the Members of Council, Inhabitants and Ratepayers of The Corporation of the <br />County of Essex <br />Opinion <br />We have audited the consolidated financial statements of the Corporation of the <br />County of Essex (the Corporation), which comprise: <br />• the consolidated statement of financial position as at December 31, 2019 <br />• the consolidated statement of operations and accumulated surplus for the year <br />then ended <br />• the consolidated statement of changes in net financial assets for the year then <br />ended <br />• the consolidated statement of cash flows for the year then ended <br />• and the notes to the consolidated financial statements, including a summary of <br />significant accounting policies <br />(Hereinafter referred to as the "financial statements") <br />In our opinion, the accompanying financial statements present fairly, in all material <br />respects, the financial position of the Corporation as at December 31, 2019, and its <br />results of operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with <br />Canadian public sector accounting standards. <br />Basis for Opinion <br />We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing <br />standards. Our responsibility under those standards are further described in the <br />"Auditors' Responsibilities for the Audit of the Financial Statements" section of <br />our auditors' report. <br />We are independent of the Corporation in accordance with the ethical requirements <br />that are relevant to our audit of the financial statements in Canada and we have fulfilled <br />our other responsibilities in accordance with these requirements. <br />We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to <br />provide a basis for our opinion. <br />KPMG LLP is a Canadian limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG network of independent <br />member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. KPMG <br />Canada provides services to KPMG LLP. <br />