Integrity Commissioner

On February 25, 2019, Council of The Corporation of the City of Port Colborne approved by-law 6646/10/19, being a by-law to enter into an agreement with ADR Chambers Inc. to provide for Integrity Commissioner Services.

In accordance with sections 223.3 to 223.8 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the Integrity Commissioner’s services include, but are not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

  • The application of the Code of Conduct for members of Council and for members of local boards.
  • The application of any procedures, rules and policies of the municipality and local boards governing the ethical behaviour of members of Council and of local boards.
  • The application of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to members of Council and of local boards.
  • Requests from members of Council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Code of Conduct applicable to the member.
  • Requests from members of Council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under a procedure, rule or policy of the municipality or of the local board, as the case may be, governing the ethical behaviour of members.
  • Requests from members of Council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
  • The provision of educational information to members of Council, members of local boards, the municipality and the public about the municipality’s Code of Conduct for members of Council and members of local boards and about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. 2017, c. 10, Sched. 1, s. 19 (1).

 

The Integrity Commissioner will report directly to Council. The Integrity Commissioner is required to preserve secrecy in all matters that come to his or her knowledge in the course of his or her duties. At the same time, the municipality is required to ensure that reports received from the Integrity Commissioner are made available to the public. The contact/contract administrator for the Integrity Commissioner is the City Clerk and/or their designate.

 

Informal Inquiries

If you identify or witness behaviour or activity by a member of Council or a local board that you believe is in contravention of the Code of Conduct or Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, you may informally address the concern as follows:

  • advise the member that the behaviour or activity contravenes the Code of Conduct;
  • encourage the member to stop the prohibited behaviour or activity;
  • keep a written record of the incidents including dates, times, locations, other persons present, and any other relevant information;
  • if applicable, confirm to the member your satisfaction or dissatisfaction with his/her response to your concern cited in #1
  • consider the need to pursue the matter in accordance with a formal complaint procedure detailed below.

 

Formal Inquiries

If you identify or witness behaviour or activity by a member of Council or a local board that you believe is in contravention of the Code of Conduct or Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, you may formally address the concern as follows:

All requests for a formal inquiry to be conducted by the Integrity Commissioner shall be submitted to the City Clerk on the attached form.

Include the following information:

  • a concise explanation as to why the issue raised may be a contravention of the Code of Conduct or the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act;
  • nature and background of the occurrence including dates, locations, names, and contact information for any witnesses of the event;
  • any and all evidence in support of the allegation;
  • any activities taken (if any) to resolve the concern;
  • any other relevant information; and
  • original signature

 

For additional information

Please contact:

The office of the City Clerk

905-835-2900 Ext 106

cityclerk@portcolborne.ca