Free Ticket (C02-12/13)

A public servant sought a determination as to whether he/she would be permitted to accept a one-time free ticket from a stakeholder to an event aimed at gathering stakeholders and communities to share information. The cost of the ticket was greater than nominal value.

The Commissioner determined that while it was appropriate for the public servant to attend the stakeholder event, a reasonable person might conclude that the ticket was offered by the stakeholder in hope of furthering future business opportunities with the Crown. The Commissioner recommended that the public servant purchase the ticket and seek reimbursement for the expense in the usual way, in keeping with the government’s policy of being open and transparent.

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