The Finance & Administration Division has a procedure for receiving and handling complaints from people dissatisfied with service, actions or lack of action by a Finance & Administration business unit or staff member.

Submitted complaints are reviewed promptly and we make every effort to resolve them as quickly as possible. We monitor complaints and use them to assess and improve quality of service.

Complaints may be made verbally or in writing.

We recommend you first speak directly with the service area where you have an issue, in person or by telephone. Most complaints are received this way and resolved promptly. If you are not satisfied with how your verbal complaint is handled you can submit a written complaint.

All written complaints are reviewed by Finance & Administration management staff. The information will be treated as confidential to protect your privacy.

If you wish to submit a written complaint, you can use our complaint form* to formally record and submit a complaint about service, actions, or lack of action.

*The personal information you choose to provide on this form is collected under the authority of the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The information you provide will be used to investigate the complaint and may be used for contact purposes.

Where to send your complaint

By telephone

Call 416-397-8991 and ask to speak to the Finance & Administration Complaint Officer.

By mail

Finance & Administration
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
4th floor, East Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Attn: Finance & Administration Complaint Officer

By fax

Send a fax copy to 416-397-4007, addressed to the attention of the Finance & Administration Complaint Officer.

Receipt of Complaint

Written complaints are date-stamped and immediately referred to the staff person involved and his/her Manager and Director. Receipt of the complaint is acknowledged by the Manager within five days in the same medium as the complaint (e.g. letter).

Verbal complaints may be dealt with by the staff person involved. The Manager and Director must be informed of the nature of the complaint and its resolution.

Anonymous complaints are referred to the Manager and Director.

Complaints not within the jurisdiction of Finance & Administration are forwarded to the appropriate Division and the complainant is advised.

Complaint Review and Escalation Process

Finance & Administration uses a five-stage escalation process to handle complaints:

First Stage:

The staff member involved in the complaint should attempt to resolve it, with input from their Manager, and if necessary, the Director.

If the complainant asks to be referred to the Manager or Director, the staff person should immediately comply.

If the complaint concerns the conduct of a staff person or if it cannot be resolved, staff should immediately refer it to the Manager and inform the complainant of the Manager’s name and contact information.

If the complaint is made directly to management, the staff member involved shall be notified.

Second Stage:

The Manager reviews the complaint, and may attempt to resolve it immediately with the involvement of the staff member.

If further investigation is required, the Manager records the complaint and contact details and investigates the complaint to determine its validity and proposes a resolution (see Investigations below).

The Manager may request that a verbal complaint be put in writing, especially if it involves a serious or complex matter.

For all verbal and written complaints requiring investigation, the Manager indicates to the complainant when they will contact them with a resolution or update.

Third Stage:

If not resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction, at the Manager’s discretion or at the complainant’s request, it is referred to the Director.

The Director reviews the complaint and any investigation already undertaken, and may attempt to resolve it immediately.

If further investigation is required, the Director records the complaint and contact details, investigates the complaint to determine its validity and proposes a resolution (see Investigations below).

The Director may request that a verbal complaint be put in writing, especially if it involves a serious or complex matter.

For all verbal and written complaints requiring investigation, the Director indicates to the complainant when he or she will be contacted with a resolution or update.

Fourth Stage:

Where the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Director, the Director refers the matter to the Deputy City Manager & Chief Financial Officer.

Fifth Stage:

Where the complainant is dissatisfied with the decision of the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, the matter is referred to the City Manager.

Where a complainant is dissatisfied at the end of the fifth stage, they are advised of the opportunity for external review by the Ombudsman.

Investigations

Investigations may be conducted during the second, third, fourth and fifth step. The investigation may include:

  • Discussion(s) with the complainant to clarify the complaint, confirm common understanding, clarify outcome sought, and explain complaint procedures.
  • Discussion with staff involved (with union representative, if applicable).
  • Review of background information such as policies and procedures, previous written communications and other documentation.
  • Obtain and review other expert opinions or perspectives.

At each stage of escalation, it should be determined whether the previous investigation has been adequate.

Notice of Decision & Resolution

Written complaints receive a written notice of decision, unless otherwise requested by the complainant.

Verbal complaints receive written or verbal notice at the Director’s discretion, or as requested by the complainant.

If investigation determines that the reasons for the complaint are not justified, and no further action is required, the complainant is notified.

If investigation determines that the complaint is justified, the complainant is notified of corrective action to be taken and any remedy proposed.

Record of the Complaint

During complaint escalation, Finance & Administration staff maintain a record at all stages, including:

  • name of the complainant
  • details of the complaint
  • communications with complainant and other parties
  • the decision and action taken, and
  • the complainant’s response.

The City of Toronto strives at all times to provide equal treatment and equitable benefits of City services, programs and facilities in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of people with disabilities.

As part of this commitment, a complainant will have various options to choose from in terms of making his/her concerns known. The complainant will also be entitled to receive a response in a preferred mode.

To make a complaint or receive a response in a preferred mode, please contact the Finance & Administration Complaint Officer at 416-397-8991.

  • Complaints are dealt with promptly and resolved as quickly as possible
  • Staff treat complaints as confidential and protect complainant’s privacy
  • Complaint investigations are fair, impartial and respectful to parties involved
  • Complainants are advised of their options to escalate their complaint if they are dissatisfied with treatment or outcome
  • Complainants are provided clear and understandable reasons for how decisions on the complaint were made
  • Updates are provided to complainants during investigations
  • Regular monitoring and review of complaints will be conducted to identify issues, trends, areas of concern and opportunities for improvement

A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction with Finance & Administration’s procedures, employees or quality of service. Examples include, but are not limited to the perception of:

  • a failure to do something agreed to do
  • failure to observe policies or procedures
  • unacceptable delay
  • staff error
  • unfair or discourteous actions/statements by staff

Revised: March 11, 2011