Accountability, transparency and openness are standards of good government that enhance public trust. These principles apply to the political process and decision-making and to the administrative management of the municipality.
The principles of accountability and transparency are reflected in many City policies and practices. These include:
Council Code of Conduct
On February 9, 2011, Brampton City Council adopted a new Code of Conduct for Members of Council. A copy of the staff report and related documents regarding the new Code of Conduct can be found here.
In addition, Members of Council must adhere to a number of other laws and statutes, which serve to support the Code of Conduct. To view a list of these statutes, please click here
On February 9, 2011, Brampton City Council approved the establishment of the Office of the Interim Integrity Commissioner. The Integrity Commissioner performs functions with respect to the application of the Council Code of Conduct, along with any City legislation, procedures, rules and policies governing the ethical behaviour of the Mayor and Councillors.
Contacting the Office of the Integrity Commissioner
Residents wishing to file a complaint with the Office of the Integrity Commissioner are asked to contact ADR Chambers through one of the following methods:
Phone: 416.350.1235 | Fax: 647.435.4786
Public Complaints Process
A Public Complaints process is in place for public complaints of alleged staff misconduct. The process was approved in June 2007.
Closed Session Investigator
A Closed Meeting Investigator process is in place to address public complaints regarding closed session meetings of City Council and its committees, where it is alleged that topics discussed in camera do not comply with the Municipal Act.
The conduct of Council and Committee meetings is governed by the City’s Procedure By-law, which is a requirement of the Municipal Act. The Procedure By-law provides rules of order for meetings and ensures that meetings are open to the public, with some exemptions, and provides for notice of public meetings.
Policies dealing with procurement of goods and services, hiring of employees and the sale and other disposition of land, along with the existence of internal and external audit programs, help promote accountability and transparency in the City’s financial dealings.
Employee Code of Conduct
The Employee Code of Conduct, the performance management and evaluation system, an enhanced employee orientation program and the provision of learning and development opportunities for staff are some of the mechanisms used by the City to create a culture of accountability on the part of its officers and employees.
For further information, please contact the City Clerk's Office.