On January 1, 2018, the Town of Aurora contracted Principles Integrity to act as the Town's Integrity Commissioner. The Integrity Commissioner helps ensure Members of Council conform to a high ethical standard, and adhere to the Town's Council Code of Conduct and any other applicable Town procedures, rules or policies.
The powers and duties of the Integrity Commissioner are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001. They 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
The Office of the Integrity Commissioner is independent of Council and staff, and reports directly to Council. The Integrity Commissioner performs his duties on a part-time, as needed basis, and does not have a permanent office in the Town of Aurora. The Integrity Commissioner does not investigate complaints regarding the Council Code of Ethics.
The Integrity Commissioner is not responsible for investigating the actions of Town staff. Complaints regarding the conduct of staff are handled in accordance with the Compliments and Complaints Policy.
Contact the Integrity Commissioner
Complaints may be filed by completing and submitting the Complaint Form with the Integrity Commissioner either by emailing a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing it to Principles Integrity, 30 Haddon Street, Toronto ON M5M 3M9. Arrangements may also be made with the Town Clerk to file the complaint on a confidential basis.
Every request to the Integrity Commissioner will be noted and reviewed. The decision to pursue an investigation into a possible breach of the Code of Conduct or other Town policy can only be made by the Integrity Commissioner based on the complaint. Click here for more information regarding the investigation process.
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