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The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position reporting directly to Council.

The Integrity Commissioner carries out the following core functions:

Advisory Role

The Integrity Commissioner provides confidential written and oral advice to the Mayor, Councillors and Committee appointees (as applicable) about their own situations respecting the Code of Conduct for Elected or Appointed Officials and other by-laws, policies and procedures governing ethical behavior, including general advice about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

The Integrity Commissioner also provides opinions and reports to Council on issues of ethics and integrity.

Investigative Role

Complaints about breaches of the Code of Conduct or contraventions to the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) are made to the Integrity Commissioner pursuant to the Council approved Complaint Protocol. Complaints can be dealt with through a formal or informal process (please refer to Sections 19, 20 and 21) the Code of Conduct. When carrying out a formal complaint investigation, the Commissioner can summon evidence and examine witnesses under oath.

Complaints must be sent directly to the Integrity Commissioner using either the Code of Conduct Complaint Form or the Municipal Conflict of Interest (MCIA) Complaint Form. The affidavit may be sworn by any Commissioner for Taking Affidavits in Ontario, including Municipal Clerks, Treasurers, etc).

Should the Integrity Commissioner find a contravention, he can recommend various penalties for imposition by Council. The available penalties range from suspension of remuneration to a reprimand or apology.

Educational Role

The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for providing educational programs to members of Council and Committees (as applicable). This is carried out in group settings, one-on-one meetings, annual reporting and through this web page.

Integrity Commissioner Contact Information:
Harold G. Elston
391 First Street, Suite 303
Collingwood, ON, L9Y 1B3
Phone: 705-443-8183
Fax: 705-443-8602
helston@elstonwatt.ca

Integrity Commissioner Annual Reports

None at this time.

Integrity Commissioner Investigations

None at this time.

Documents

Code of Conduct for Elected or Appointed Officials
Complaint Form - Code of Conduct
Complaint Form - Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA)
Registry of Declared Pecuniary Interests