Gift as a Token of Appreciation (C05-12/13)

A public servant in a public body was presented with a gift as a token of appreciation for speaking at an event hosted by a private entity that neither does, nor seeks to do business with the Crown. Subsequent to accepting the gift, the public servant became aware that the gift had a greater than nominal value.

The Commissioner noted that while the private entity does not currently do business with the Crown, the public servant had received the gift in his/her public service capacity. Accordingly, the Commissioner determined that the public servant should not accept the gift personally, since public servants should not use their positions to benefit themselves. The public servant could accept the gift on behalf of the public body and display it in a public area of the public body’s offices.

O. Reg. 381/07, s. 4.