The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for providing advice, complaint resolution and education to members of City Council and local boards (restricted definition) on the application of the City’s codes of conduct, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) and other bylaws, policies and legislation governing ethical behaviour. The Integrity Commissioner also provides policy recommendations to City Council, local boards (restricted definition) and City staff. Please note that at its June 2022 meeting, City Council approved updated codes of conduct, to take effect August 1, 2022.
Leading up to Voting Day (October 24, 2022) in this year’s municipal election, the Integrity Commissioner issued an interpretation bulletin for members of Council about the 2022 Municipal Election Requirements that reminds them of their obligations under the Code of Conduct for Members of Council and how to separate their work as members from their political activities in the election. The Integrity Commissioner also provided Members of local boards an interpretation bulletin reminding them of the restrictions on their political activity.
While the Integrity Commissioner cannot accept or investigate complaints or applications between August 19, 2022 (Nomination Day) and October 24, 2022 (Voting Day), members may consult the Integrity Commissioner during this time for confidential advice if they have specific questions about their Code of Conduct. The public and media are also invited to contact the Integrity Commissioner for general information about the requirements in the Codes of Conduct but opinions about whether or not someone has complied with these requirements will not be provided as such findings can only be made if an investigation is conducted.