The Role of the Integrity Commissioner relating to Ministers’ Staff Ethical Conduct


O. Reg. 382/07, Conflict of Interest Rules for Public Servants (Ministers’ Offices) and Former Public Servants (Ministers’ Offices) and Sections 66 to 69 of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 and (the “Act”) Part IV – Ethical Conduct, provide for conflict of interest rules for public servants who work in a Minister’s office and former public servants who worked in a Minister’s office, and appoint the Integrity Commissioner as the Ethics Executive.

Sections 94 to 98 of the Act, Part V- Political Activity, provide for the political activity rules for public servants who work in Ministers’ offices.

The Integrity Commissioner’s role is to promote ethical conduct by answering questions about the application of conflict of interest rules that apply to Ministers’ Staff, determine whether a conflict of interest exists and provide direction where there is a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest. Ministers’ staff may make an inquiry to the Integrity Commissioner regarding their day to day work activities and their personal and/or pecuniary interests while employed by a ministry and during their post employment period.

The Integrity Commissioner is launching a consultation into the role of political staff.
Read the news release here .
Learn more in the Commissioner’s opinion piece here .

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