The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position that reports directly to Regional Council and whose powers and duties are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001.
The Integrity Commissioner shall be responsible for performing in an independent manner the following functions as assigned by the Region with respect to:
the application of the Code of Conduct; and
the application of any procedures, rules and policies of the Region governing the ethical behaviour of members;
and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shall be entitled to undertake investigations or not undertake investigations in accordance with provisions of Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001.
In addition, the Integrity Commissioner shall also provide:
information to Council as to members' obligations under the Code of Conduct and the Complaint Procedure;
advice to individual members regarding specific situations as they relate to the application of the Code of Conduct;
advice to Council on other policies and procedures that relate to the ethical behavior of members;
information to the public regarding the Code of Conduct and the obligations of members under the Code of Conduct; and
an annual report to Council on the activities of the Integrity Commissioner.
The Integrity Commissioner may determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether to undertake an investigation or not to undertake an investigation. The Integrity Commissioner shall be entitled to summarily dismiss a complaint filed in accordance with the Complaint Procedure on the basis that it constitutes in his or her opinion, an abuse of process or is frivolous or vexatious.
All determinations of the Integrity Commissioner under the Code of Conduct shall be made in his or her own absolute discretion and shall be final and binding.
Any person who believes that a member of Council is in contravention of the Code of Conduct may address their concerns in the following manner:
Advise the member that their behaviour or activity contravenes the Code of Conduct;
Encourage the member to stop the prohibited behaviour or activity;
If applicable, confirm to the member their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with the member’s response to the concern identified; and
Keep a written record of the incidents including dates, times, locations, other persons present, and any other relevant information, including steps taken to resolve the matter.
If any person is not satisfied with the response received through the aforementioned informal process, the person may proceed with a formal complaint through the Integrity Commissioner as outlined in the Complaint Procedure.
Integrity Commissioner's Biography: Guy W. Giorno