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Integrity Commissioner

The Integrity Commissioner acts as an independent key advisor to Council on a range of important issues. The position is responsible for providing education and advice to Members of Council, and presiding over investigations of complaints.

Specifically, the Integrity Commissioner's functions include:

  • Upon their request, advising Members of Council, Council as a whole, and local boards on their obligations and responsibilities under the Code of Conduct, and any other legislation, rule or policy governing their ethical behaviour; 
  • Receiving, assessing and, where appropriate, investigating complaints made by Council, a Member of Council, a member of local board, a staff member or a member of the public, on an alleged breach of the Code of Conduct;
  • Determining whether and how investigations will be conducted; and
  • Reporting back to Council on whether an investigation's findings confirm a breach of the Code of Conduct.

 

Who serves as the Integrity Commissioner? 

Effective January 1, 2016, Town Council appointed Robert J. Swayze to act as the Integrity Commissioner.

Reporting Structure

The Integrity Commissioner is independent of Town Council and Town staff.  Council will receive reports and updates which will become a matter of public record.

Policies and Legislation Governing the Conduct of Council Members 

All elected officials at the Town of Milton must adhere to the following statutes:

  • Council Code of Conduct
  • Criminal Code of Canada
  • Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Municipal Act, 2001
  • Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
  • Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
  • Municipal Elections Act
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Provincial Offences Act
  • Town of Milton Policies, By-laws and Protocols

Why has Council enacted a Code of Conduct in addition to the rules that already exist?

The Code is designed to complement existing municipal rules and regulations, rather than replace them. The Code describes principles and standards of behaviour that should be applied by Members of Council in all of their interactions and decision-making.

Complaints and Investigations 

Will the Integrity Commissioner launch a full investigation on every complaint received?

Every call to the Integrity Commissioner will be noted and reviewed in some fashion. The decision to pursue an investigation into a possible breach of the Code of Conduct or other Town policy can only be made by the Integrity Commissioner based on the circumstances at the time of the complaint.

Will the Integrity Commissioner also review complaints against Town of Milton staff?

No. The Municipal Act, 2001, specifies that this role pertains to Members of Council only.

How can a person contact the Integrity Commissioner to ask for information or file a complaint?

Residents may contact Robert J. Swayze by: 

Robert J. Swayze Town of Milton Integrity Commissioner 20736 Mississauga Road Caledon, Ontario  L7K 1M7

What penalties or disciplinary actions are available to the Integrity Commissioner?

If the Integrity Commissioner undertakes an investigation following a public complaint and the findings confirm a breach of the Code of Conduct, appropriate penalties, as defined in the legislation, will be recommended to Council, and will become a matter of public record.  
Penalties permitted under the Municipal Act, 2001 include a reprimand or the suspension of the Council Member's salary for a period of up to 90 days.