The Commissioner carries out the following core functions.
The Integrity Commissioner provides confidential written and oral advice to the Mayor, City Councillors and Local Board (Restricted Definition) appointees about their own situations respecting the applicable Code of Conduct and other by-laws and policies governing ethical behavior, including general advice about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
The Integrity Commissioner also provides opinions and reports to City Council and Local Boards (Restricted Definition), each as a collective whole, on issues of ethics and integrity.
Complaints about breaches of the Codes of Conduct are made to the Integrity Commissioner pursuant to the Council-approved Complaints Protocols. Complaints can be dealt with through a formal or informal process. When carrying out a formal complaint investigation, the Commissioner can summon evidence and examine under oath.
Should the Integrity Commissioner find a contravention, she can recommend various penalties for imposition by Council. The available penalties range from suspension of remuneration to a reprimand or apology.
The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for providing educational programs to members of Council and their staff. This is carried out in group settings, one-on-one meetings, annual reporting and through the webpage of the Office of the Integrity Commissioner.