The Office of the Integrity Commissioner acts as an independent key advisor to Council on a range of important issues. It is responsible for providing education and advice to Members of Council, and presiding over complaints investigations. As of March 1, 2019, all Ontario municipalities are required to appoint an Integrity Commissioner.
Specifically, the Office of the Integrity Commissioner’s functions include:
• Upon their request, advising Members of Council, and Council as a whole, on their obligations and responsibilities under the Code of Conduct, and any other legislation, rule or policy governing their ethical behaviour;
• Receiving, assessing and, where appropriate, investigating complaints made by Council, a Member of Council, a staff member or a member of the public, on an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct;
• Determining whether and how investigations will be conducted; and
• Reporting back to Council on whether an investigation’s findings confirm a breach of the Code of Conduct.