In 2006, the Province of Ontario enacted the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (COTA) enshrining a number of accountability and transparency requirements in legislation. COTA requires the City of Toronto to have an Integrity Commissioner, an Ombudsman, a Lobbyist Registry and an Auditor General (known collectively as the Accountability Officers).
The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for providing advice, complaint resolution and education to Members of City Council and Members of local boards on the application of the City’s Codes of Conduct, and other by-laws, policies and legislation governing ethical behaviour.
The Ombudsmanis responsible for addressing concerns about City services and investigating complaints about administrative unfairness.
The Lobbyist Registrar is responsible for promoting and enhancing the integrity of the City’s decision-making through public disclosure of lobbying activities and regulation of lobbyists’ conduct.
The Auditor General is responsible for assisting City Council in holding itself and its administration accountable for the quality of stewardship over public funds and for the achievement of value for money in City operations.