Consistent with the City’s practice of demonstrating transparent, accountable and ethical governance, City Council adopted a Code of Conduct for Members of Council and its Boards and Committees.
The purpose and intent of the Council Code of Conduct is to establish standards of conduct for Members of Council, Local Boards and Committee Members in the individual conduct of their official duties. These standards will help protect and maintain the City of Barrie’s reputation and integrity.
Maintaining a high quality of public administration and governance can be achieved in part by encouraging high standards of conduct on the part of City officials. The public is entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from members that are elected or appointed to serve their local government.
A written Code of Conduct helps to ensure that the members of Council share a common basis of acceptable conduct. These standards are designed to supplement the legislative parameters within which the members must operate. They are intended to enhance public confidence that the City of Barrie’s elected and appointed officials operate from a basis of integrity, justice and courtesy.
Barrie’s Code of Conduct regulates a wide range of conduct by elected and appointed officials, such as:
The Code of Conduct is administered by the City’s Integrity Commissioner. The Integrity Commissioner is an independent accountability officer given authority under the Ontario Municipal Act. It is the role of the Integrity Commissioner to:
Section 28.3 of the Council Code of Conduct provides that no complaint regarding a Member of Council who is a candidate in an election may be referred to the Integrity Commissioner for review and/or investigation between Nomination Day and the date of the inaugural meeting of Council in any year in which a regular municipal election will be held. Any complaint received after Nomination Day (July 27, 2018) shall be deemed received by the Integrity Commissioner on December 1 in a regular election year and the complainant shall be so advised of this process.
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