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Office of the Integrity Commissioner

Role Of The Integrity Commissioner

As the Municipal Act 2001, as amended, has evolved to include, more accountability and transparency of Municipal Council, all Ontario municipalities are required to appoint an Integrity Commissioner.

The City of Kenora has appointed Lisa Wheatley as the Integrity Commissioner.  As the Integrity Commissioner, she is required to be an independent and impartial investigator of the ethical conduct of Municipal Council and local board members.

Functions

The Integrity Commissioner reports to Council and is responsible for performing in an independent manner, the functions assigned by the Municipality concerning any of the following:
1. The application of the Code of Conduct for Members
2. The application of any procedures, rules, and policies of the Municipality and Local Boards governing the ethical behaviour of Members.
3. The application of sections 5, 5.1 and 5.2 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA) to Members.
4. Requests from Members for advice respecting their obligations under the Code of Conduct applicable to the Member.
5. Requests from Members for advice respecting their obligations under a procedure, rule or policy of the Municipality or the Local Board governing the ethical behaviour of Members.
6. Requests from Members for advice respecting their obligations under the MCIA.
7. The provision of educational information to Members, the Municipality and the public about the Municipality’s Code of Conduct for Members and the MCIA.

Investigations

Section 223.4 of the Municipal Act enables an Integrity Commissioner to conduct inquiries of alleged breaches of a municipal/board code of conduct and to report whether a contravention has occurred.

Integrity Commissioner has broad powers of investigation including access to records of the Municipality or local board, the right to compel persons to testify under oath, and the right to compel production of information from the Municipality and local boards (with the exclusion of solicitor-client privileged information).

After completion of the investigation, the Integrity Commissioner may choose to disclose its report to the Municipality. Upon an Integrity Commissioner’s finding that a member has contravened the Code of Conduct, the municipality may choose to reprimand or suspend the pay of a member for up to 90 days.

Request for Inquiry

Members of the public, City employees, and members of City Council may request an inquiry and must follow the Protocol to do so.  Both a Request for Inquiry of Code of Conduct and an Application for Inquiry of Municipal Conflict of Interest Act must be submitted in writing to the Integrity Commissioner.

Contact Information

Lisa Wheatley
807-467-2982
lwheatley@kenora.ca

One Main Street South
Kenora, ON  P9N 3X2