Council Code of Conduct

The Municipal Act, 2001 (the Act) mandates that municipalities establish a code of conduct outlining ethical standards of behaviour for members of Council and its local boards. The Town's first Code of Conduct was established on July 21, 2014. The current version of the Town's Code of Conduct, approved on September 19, 2016, can be found by clicking this link.

Information on the Town's Code of Conduct complaint protocol can be found below.

 Complaint Protocol
Informal Complaint Procedure

Council, a member of Council or a member of the public who has identified or witnessed behaviour or an activity by a member of Council that they believe is in contravention of the Code of Conduct who wishes to address this behaviour or activity through the informal complaint procedure shall:

  1. File a written request and supporting affidavit with the Town Clerk, noting grounds for belief of an alleged contravention including dates, times, locations, other persons present, and any other relevant information.
  2. The Clerk shall provide to the subject member of Council a copy of the allegation without disclosing the identity of the complainant;
  3. The member of Council will be provided ten working days in which to provide the Clerk with a written response to the allegation;
  4. The complainant will be provided with a copy of the member's response and be given 10 working days in which to:
    1. Provide a written response to the Clerk stating satisfaction with the response; or,
    2. Provide a written response to the Clerk stating dissatisfaction with the response and the need to pursue the matter in accordance with the Formal Complaint Procedure of this protocol.
  5. The Clerk shall advise the member of the complainant's position.

Anyone wishing to file a request for an investigation is encouraged to initially pursue the Informal Complaint Procedure as a means of stopping and remedying the behaviour or activity that is inconsistent with the code of conduct. However, it is not a precondition or prerequisite that the complaint pursue the Informal Complaint Procedure prior to pursuing the Formal Complaint Procedure.

Formal Complaint Procedure: Integrity Commissioner
  1. Request for Inquiry
    1. Where a Council, member of Council, or a member of the public have reasonable and probable grounds to affidavit that a member of Council has contravened the Code of Conduct, such person may request that the matter be reviewed by the Integrity Commissioner.
  2. Complaint
    1. The fee to initiate a formal request is $200.00, payable in cash, or certified cheque to the Town. This filing fee will be refunded if it is determined by the Integrity Commissioner that the complaint warrants proceeding to the investigation stage.
    2. The request shall be in writing and shall set out the grounds for the belief of the alleged contravention and shall include a supporting affidavit that states evidence in support of the complaint.
    3. The Clerk or Deputy Clerk is authorized to take the supporting affidavit.
  3. Initial Classification by Integrity Commissioner
    1. The request shall be filed with the Clerk who shall forward the matter to the Integrity Commissioner for initial classification with respect to non-compliance with the Code of Conduct.
    2. If the complaint does not include a supporting affidavit, the request will be deemed incomplete and returned to the complainant by the Clerk.
    3. If the complaint, including the supporting affidavit, is not, on its face, a complaint with respect to non-compliance with the Code of Conduct or constitutes a complaint that should be pursued under other legislation, the Integrity Commissioner shall instruct the Clerk to advise the complainant in writing as follows:
      1. If the complaint, on its face, is an allegation of criminal nature consistent with the Criminal Code of Canada, the complainant shall be advised that the proper recourse is to pursue the matter with the appropriate police force;
      2. If the complaint, on its face, is with respect to non-compliance with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, the complainant shall be advised to pursue the matter with their own legal counsel;
      3. If the complaint, on its face, is with respect to non-compliance with a more specific Council policy, the complainant shall be advised that the matter will be processed under that policy;
      4. If the complaint, on its face, is not with respect to non-compliance with matters described in the above steps, but is not within the jurisdiction of the Integrity Commissioner, the complainant shall be so advised.
    4. The Integrity Commissioner shall report to Council when a specific complaint is not within the jurisdiction of the Integrity Commissioner, but shall not disclose confidential information that could identify a person concerned.

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