Council Code of Conduct
The Council Code of Conduct helps to ensure that members of Council engage and debate using acceptable conduct. These standards should serve to enhance public confidence that the Municipality’s elected representatives conduct Council business in a civil and courteous manner.
The Code of Conduct is administered by the Township’s Integrity Commissioner. The Integrity Commissioner is an independent accountability officer given authority under the Municipal Act. It is the role of the Integrity Commissioner to:
- apply the Code of Conduct for members of Council;
- apply any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality governing ethical behavior of members of Council;
- Apply sections of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to members of Council;
- Conducting inquiries about whether a member of Council has contravened the Code of Conduct or the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
- Providing advice to members of Council respecting their obligations under the Code of Conduct and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
An Integrity Commissioner has the power to conduct an inquiry in respect of a request made by Council, a member of Council or a member of the public about whether a member of Council or a local board has contravened the applicable Code of Conduct.
If you believe that a member of Council has breached the Code of Conduct, you may request an investigation by the Integrity Commissioner. To file a Code of Conduct complaint to the Integrity Commissioner, please follow the link below.
- Appointment of Integrity Commissioners
- Integrity Commissioner Request for Inquiry Code of Conduct
- Application for Inquiry into Alleged Contravention of Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act endorses the following principles in relation to the duties of members of councils and of local boards under this Act:
- The importance of integrity, independence and accountability in local government decision-making.
- The importance of certainty in reconciling the public duties and pecuniary interests of members.
- Members are expected to perform their duties of office with integrity and impartiality in a manner that will bear the closest scrutiny.
- There is a benefit to municipalities and local boards when members have a broad range of knowledge and continue to be active in their own communities, whether in business, in the practice of a profession, in community associations, and otherwise.
Declaration of Interest Registry
The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires that every municipality establish and maintain a registry of all declarations made by members at a Council, Committee or Board meeting.
All members must submit their disclosures of pecuniary interest in writing to the Clerk or immediately following the meeting during which they verbally disclose an interest using the Declaration of Pecuniary Interest form.