The Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 (PSOA) provides for the Conflict of Interest Commissioner to have a leadership role in contributing to public servants’ understanding of the rules and how to apply them.
The commissioner also has certain responsibilities under the PSOA related to employees of ministries and employees and appointees of agencies, boards, and commissions that are defined as “public bodies” in the PSOA.
The commissioner’s role encompasses three broad areas:
- Offer advice and make determinations on specific matters involving Ontario public servants
- Provide advice and direction to public bodies
- Serve as a resource for developing and sharing information about dealing with conflict of interest and political activity matters