Integrity Commissioner & Closed Meeting Investigator
Closed Meeting Investigator
The Municipal Act allows citizens to lodge official complaints to determine whether a municipality has complied with the Open Meeting requirements contained in Section 239 of the Act, relating to any meeting or part of a meeting of Council, Committees, or Local Boards that was closed to the public.
To file a complaint, visit the Ontario Ombudsman website, or call 1-800-263-1830.
Role of the Integrity Commissioner
The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial officer that reports directly to Municipal Council, and whose powers and duties are set out in the Municipal Act. The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for advice and investigation services related to the Council Code of Conduct and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
Responsibilities of the Integrity Commissioner:
- Investigate alleged contraventions of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
- Review the Council Code of Conduct and Complaint Protocol and make recommendations.
- Provide written advice to individual members of Council, Committees, and Local Boards in relation to the Code of Conduct and any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality governing ethical behaviour as well as the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
- Provide training and education services for Council, Committees, Local Boards, staff and the public.
- Provide reports to Council summarizing activities.
- Such other duties and functions as may be assigned by Council.
Code of Conduct/Municipal Conflict of Interest Complaint Procedure
Any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that a member of Council, Committee, or Local Board has breached the Code of Conduct, or contravened Section 5, 5.1, or 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act may file an application and request that the Integrity Commissioner conduct an investigation.
Complaints and inquiries can be directed to the municipal office via email, and will be forwarded to the Integrity Commissioner. The Integrity Commissioner will process complaints in accordance with By-law 1814.