Purchase Licenses (C13-12/13)

An ethics executive sought advice as to whether a class of public servant should be permitted to purchase licences to engage in activities governed by regulations that the class of public servant is responsible for enforcing.

In order to mitigate the risk that these public servants would be seen to be using their positions to directly benefit themselves, and to minimize the appearance that they were receiving preferential treatment, the Commissioner suggested that the public servants only be permitted to purchase licenses that applied outside the specific geographical areas where they were responsible for enforcing the related regulations.

O. Reg. 381/07, s. 3, 6.