Conflicts of Interest

Members of Council, boards, and committees must avoid conflicts of interest, and shall conduct themselves in accordance with the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.

Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA)

The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act provides a legislative framework for members of Council, committees, and boards to identify and disclose their own personal pecuniary interest in any matter being considered at a meeting. 

The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for administering the Council and Committee Member Code of Conduct, which includes Council, committee, and board members' obligations under the MCIA.

Rules for Identifying & Disclosing Personal Pecuniary Interests

A Council, committee, or board member’s declaration of office leaves no doubt that the obligation to comply with the requirements of the statute is a personal one. Members may seek out advice from the Integrity Commissioner to assist in making decisions regarding whether they should disclose a personal pecuniary interest. Members may also consider obtaining independent legal advice to assist them in making their personal decisions.

Conflict of Interest Registry

The MCIA requires municipalities to maintain a registry of all declarations made under the Act. The registry must include the original written declaration provided by the member of Council and must be available to the public. 

Violations & Complaints

All elected officials and members of committees and local boards are required to follow the Council and Committee Member Code of Conduct, which includes Council, committee, and board members' obligations under the MCIA. Members of the public can submit complaints alleging MCIA contraventions to the Integrity Commissioner. Please refer to complaint procedures.

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