Code of Conduct & Integrity Commissioner

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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.

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:

  1. The importance of integrity, independence and accountability in local government decision-making.
  2. The importance of certainty in reconciling the public duties and pecuniary interests of members.
  3. Members are expected to perform their duties of office with integrity and impartiality in a manner that will bear the closest scrutiny.
  4. 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

In accordance with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, the Municipal Clerk maintains a Declaration of Interest Registry, which is a record of each time a Member of Council declares an interest at a Standing Committee meeting or at a Council meeting. The Registry contains a link to the Member’s declaration of interest form as well as a link to the minutes for the meeting.

How to File a Complaint

If you believe that a member of Council or a member of a local board has contravened the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA), you may request an inquiry by the Integrity Commissioner using the complaint form.

Closed Meeting Investigator

The Closed Meeting Investigator is responsible for investigating complaints about the conduct of closed meetings of Council, Committee and local boards.

Municipal Ombudsman

The Municipal Ombudsman investigates concerns about Municipal services and administrative unfairness. We recommended that you speak to the department responsible for the service if you are unhappy with the quality of service you received.

Where your concerns have not been addressed or resolved informally, residents must follow the Township of Madawaska Valley’s internal formal complaint process before sending a complaint to the Ombudsman. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the internal complaint process, you may then file a complaint with the Municipal Ombudsman.

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