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Ethics Plan

Background

This ethics plan is prepared in accordance with O.Reg. 91/11 under the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009. O.Reg. 91/11 prescribes that the contents of the Ethics Plan required by section 6(1) of the Act contain the following:

  1. A description of the practices and procedures for ensuring that members are familiar with the requirements of Part 1V (Ethical Conduct) and Part V (Political Activity) of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006. The practices and procedures must include an annual notice for members containing information about the requirements of Parts IV and V of that Act.
  2. A description of the practices and procedures for ensuring that members are familiar with the code of conduct that forms part of the member accountability framework for the adjudicative tribunal. The practices and procedures must include an annual notice for members containing information about the code of conduct.

In this Ethics Plan, "Tribunal" means the Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal and the Board of Negotiation.

Practices and Procedures

A. Part 1V (Ethical Conduct) and Part V (Political Activity) of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 (PSOA)

The Tribunal will ensure that members are familiar with the requirements of the PSOA by:

1. Upon appointment, providing each member with an orientation information binder which contains,

a.   a copy of the relevant statutory and regulatory provisions of the PSOA,

b.   any guideline documents available from the Ontario government pertaining to ethical conduct, conflict of interest rules and political activity rights and restrictions, and

c.    the website link for the Conflict of Interest Commissioner

2. Having the Chair of the Tribunal review with each new appointee their obligations under the PSOA with respect to ethical conduct, conflict of interest rules and political activity, and review the role of the Chair as the Ethics Executive for the Tribunal.

3. Providing each member with notice of any amendments to the relevant statutory and regulatory provisions respecting their responsibilities under the PSOA as soon as practical.

4. Providing an annual notice to members containing information about the requirements of Parts IV and V of the PSOA.

B.  Code of Conduct

The Tribunal will ensure that members are familiar with the Tribunal’s Code of Conduct by:

1. Upon appointment, providing each member with an orientation information binder which contains the Tribunal’s Code of Conduct.

2. Reviewing the Code of Conduct with new appointees during their orientation session.

3. Notifying each member of any amendments to the Code of Conduct as soon as practical.

4. Providing a copy of the Code of Conduct to members annually in their annual training binder.


For more information:
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