Providing accountability and transparency in municipal operations is a central role of council. To accomplish this the Municipality has put in place an Integrity Commissioner, a Council Code of Conduct, and a Conflict of Interest registry.

What is an Integrity Commissioner?

An Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial person hired by the Municipality as a confidential advisor to Mayor and Council for situations regarding the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest.

The Integrity Commissioner investigates complaints received from any person regarding a breach of Code of Conduct by council members. Investigation reports and Annual reports will be published on this page once received.

What is a Code of Conduct?

The Municipality of Mississippi Mills' Council Code of Conduct applies to all members of Council, Boards and Committees and aims to ensure public trust and confidence in the municipality's decision making process and operations. The public should expect the highest standards of conduct from the members they elect to local government, as well as members serving on Municipal boards and committees.

How to file a Code of Conduct complaint?

If any person believes a council, committee or board member has disregarded the Council Code of Conduct they may make a complaint by filing out the Code of Conduct Complaint Form

What is a Conflict of Interest?

The Conflict of Interest Act governs individual Councillors, Committee and Board members, and is the duty of each member to comply.

A conflict of interest is any personal or pecuniary interest, direct or indirect, for the councillor or family member of the councillor for any item under consideration by Council, Committee or Board. Pecuniary interest refers to any financial or monetary interest, whether it's a positive or negative influence.

It is the responsibility of each member, not staff, to determine whether they have a direct or indirect pecuniary interest with respect to matters arising before Council, a Board or Committee. Councillors shall not take part in any discussion or influence other councillors before, during or after the meeting for items they have declared a conflict of interest in. They will also be unable to vote on these items.

If a councillor does not declare a conflict of interest they may be subject to penalties.

How to file a Conflict of Interest complaint?

Any person can file a complaint using the Conflict of Interest Inquiry Form with the Clerk of the Municipality regarding a Council, Committee or Board member if they believe they have contravened the Conflict of Interest Act.

Registry for Conflict of Interests Declared

Effective January 2018 section 6.1 of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires municipalities and local boards to establish and maintain registries that keep copies of statements filed under the Conflict of Interest Act. The registry shall be available for public inspection in the manner and during the time that the municipality may determine. 

 

For more information please visit the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.M.50