City of Toronto

Toronto was the first municipality in Canada to create the position of Integrity Commissioner (2004).

The Integrity Commissioner is a neutral, independent officer who oversees the conduct of elected and most appointed officials in the City of Toronto. The Integrity Commissioner is appointed by the City Council for a fixed, non-renewable five-year term and operates independently of the City Council and City Administration. The Office of the Integrity Commissioner has a total of three staff, and a current operating budget of approximately $800,000.

The standards of conduct expected of elected and appointed officials have been written down in legislation and other binding documents, the most important of which are the Codes of Conduct and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (MCIA). Members of the Council and local boards are required to serve the public interest by upholding the letter and spirit of these standards. Specifically, these standards of conduct require the City’s elected and appointed officials to:

–  serve constituents and the public in a conscientious and diligent manner;

–  act with integrity;

–  avoid conflicts of interest and improper use of influence; and,

–  arrange their private affairs in a way that promotes public confidence and will bear close public scrutiny.

The work of the City of Toronto is complex, and elected and appointed officials are required to address multiple competing legal, ethical and political interests. When public officials need help ensuring they maintain high standards of conduct, they can turn to the Integrity Commissioner for confidential advice.

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