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Council Code of Conduct

The Municipal Act, 2001 (the Act) provides that the Township shall establish a Code of Conduct for Members of Council and of its Local Boards. The Act also enables a municipality to appoint an “Integrity Commissioner” who reports to council and who is responsible for performing in an independent manner the functions assigned by the municipality with respect to any or all of the following:

  1. The application of the code of conduct for members of council and the code of conduct for members of local boards.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the code of conduct applicable to the member.
  5. 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.
  6. Requests from members of council and of local boards for advice respecting their obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
  7. The provision of educational information to members of council, members of local boards, the municipality and the public about the municipality’s codes of conduct for members of council and members of local boards and about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.   

Filing a Complaint

A complaint that a Member has contravened the Code of Conduct may be initiated by any person, any Member of Council, or by Council as a whole. Completed complaint forms are to be submitted to the Clerk of the Township, together with the fee and the Clerk shall forward complaint to the Integrity Commissioner. Please note that the complaint shall be in the form of a sworn affidavit prior to being submitted to the Clerk.

Refundable Fee

A complainant shall pay to the Clerk of the Township a refundable fee in the amount of $100.00 if they are an infrequent complainant, or in the amount of $500.00 if they are a frequent complainant, upon filing of a complaint, which, unless the Integrity Commissioner concludes that the complaint is frivolous, vexatious, or not made in good faith, the fee shall be refunded to the complainant when the Integrity Commissioner files their report.  

Documents

Click here to view the Council Code of Conduct.

Click here to view the Code of Conduct Complaint Form.