Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada

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Concept description

The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner describes its role as follows:

The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner investigates wrongdoing in the federal public sector and helps protect from reprisal whistleblowers and those who participate in investigations.

The Office is an independent federal organization created in 2007 under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. The Office is led by a Commissioner who reports directly to Parliament, and has jurisdiction over most federal public sector organizations, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Crown Corporations.

The Office provides a confidential and independent response to:

  • disclosures of wrongdoing in the federal public sector from public servants or members of the public; and
  • complaints of reprisal from public servants and former public servants.

For an analysis of the effectiveness of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act and recommendations to reform it, see Paul Thomas’s submission to the House of Commons at Building a more Effective Whistleblower System for the Government of Canada.

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Courts, Tribunals, and Commissions (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.

Source

Office of the Commissioner of Public Sector Commissioner of Canada, at http://www.psic-ispc.gc.ca/eng/about-us, accessed 7 February 2017.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 29 March 2017.

Image: Commissioner of Public Sector Integrity, Joe Friday, from CBC News at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/we-ve-got-teeth-says-new-head-of-public-sector-integrity-office-1.3024475, 7 February 2017.