Ethics Executive Role & Resources


Ethics Executives are designated individuals responsible for promoting ethical conduct within their organizations. Ethics Executives are the first point of contact for employees and appointees requiring advice or decisions on such matters.

Ethics Executives are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that public servants are familiar with the Conflict of Interest Rules and political activity restrictions under the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006;
  • Providing advice to public servants on the application of the conflict of interest and political activity rules;
  • Making inquiries where public servants may have contravened a rule; 
  • Making determinations on conflict of interest and political activity issues and providing directions where an actual or potential conflict of interest is found;
  • Making a determination on the need to terminate employment or appointment if a public servant is elected to municipal office.


The following are resources created for Ethics Executives:

  1. Conflict of Interest (webpage + PDF resource)
  2. Post-Service Conflict of Interest (PDF resource)
  3. Political Activity (webpage + PDF resource)
  4. Questions to help you make a conflict of interest determination
  5. Overview of Disclosure of Wrongdoing framework (PDF resource)
  6. Overview of Expenses Review (PDF resource)


Conflict of Interest Rules for Public Servants and Former Public Servants (O. Reg. 381/07)
Part V of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 (political activity restrictions)
Part VI of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 (Disclosure of Wrongdoing)
Public Sector Expenses Review Act, 2009