Principles of Good Governance

Transparent. Efficient. Accountable. Ethical. These are the commitments that the City of Toronto makes to all of its residents. They are underlying principles of good governance. As an early signal of its commitment to accountable and transparent government, City Council established an Auditor General in 2002 and an Integrity Commissioner in 2004.

The Province of Ontario enacted the City of Toronto Act, 2006 which included the requirement to establish an Auditor General, an Integrity Commissioner, an Ombudsman, a Lobbyist Registry and authority to appoint a Lobbyist Registrar. To meet its statutory obligations and round out Toronto’s accountability system, the City established a lobbyist registry and appointed a Lobbyist Registrar in 2007 and an Ombudsman in 2008.

Accountability Officers

Below is a summary of Toronto’s four Accountability Officer’s responsibilities. Each Officer is independent of the administration (i.e. Toronto Public Service), appointed by City Council, produces an annual report, and reports to City Council.

City Council adopted a policy framework for the City’s Accountability Officers, codified in the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 3, which sets out their independence features, powers, responsibilities, and accountability to City Council.

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