Vision and values

Our Vision

A province where people trust government.

Our Values

We have identified values to guide us in carrying out our mission. Our values are based on E.T.H.I.C.S.

We are EFFICIENT

We maximize our resources to deliver quality services. As a publicly-funded office, our expenditure policies reflect our accountability for the effective and responsible stewardship of public resources. We work to meet or exceed the Ontario government service standards established for the functions of our office with respect to inquiries and feedback, taking into consideration the need for enough flexibility to investigate sufficiently and respond appropriately.

We are TRANSPARENT

Our procedures are accessible, easy to understand and open. We provide anyone who contacts our office with the information necessary to easily understand our role and our procedures. We also balance the need to adequately protect an individual’s privacy with the need to disclose information where the commissioner has an obligation to do so.

We are HELPFUL

We support public servants to be non-partisan, professional, ethical and competent. We develop procedures and practices with a view to meeting the highest ethical and legal standards.

We are INDEPENDENT

Our determinations and advice are free from the control and influence of others. Administratively, our office is accountable to the government as one of its agencies. However, the commissioner is necessarily independent with regard to his advice and decisions, subject only to the oversight function of the courts.

We are CONSISTENT

We treat people fairly, but not necessarily the same. In keeping with the government’s objective of promoting consistency in the application and interpretation of the ethical framework, we have developed processes that allow us to apply our growing body of knowledge about conflict of interest and political activity concerns in a consistent manner.

We are STRATEGIC

We leverage our unique position of trust and responsibility within Ontario’s ethical framework. We are committed to continually advancing and updating our knowledge and to monitoring developments in other jurisdictions to ensure that we are aware of approaches that might enhance our own practices.