Post-service rules

Post-service conflict of interest rules at a glance*

The Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 (PSOA) sets out conflict of interest rules that establish standards of ethical conduct for public servants. Regulation 381/07 sets out the specific conflict of interest rules applicable to employees in ministries (except ministers’ staff) and employees and appointees in public bodies. There are two sets of rules, one for individuals currently employed in the public service (in-service), and one for individuals after they leave the public service (post-service). This document deals with post-service rules.

Seeking preferential treatment

Former public servants must not seek preferential treatment from existing public servants.

Disclosing confidential information

Former public servants are not allowed to disclose confidential information without authorization or use confidential information for personal benefit.

Switching sides

Former public servants who advised a ministry or public body on a proceeding, negotiation, or other transaction cannot provide advice or otherwise assist others on that matter after they cease to be public servants.

Employment and lobbying

Former public servants who held designated senior positions are subject to employment and lobbying restrictions for a twelve-month period starting from the date they ceased to be public servants.

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The more comprehensive post-service information sheet, linked below, can be provided to departing employees and appointees.

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* These Rules at a Glance are provided for information only. For the authoritative text, refer to the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006, and regulations.