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Integrity Commissioner (By-law No. 2021-7)

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Integrity Commissioner (By-law No. 2021-7)

A by-law of the City of Ottawa to establish the position and duties of Integrity Commissioner of the City of Ottawa, including statutory powers.

The Council of the City of Ottawa enacts as follows:

Section 1 - Definitions

In this by-law,

“Integrity Commissioner” means the Integrity Commissioner of the City of Ottawa.

Section 2 - Establishment of the position of Integrity Commissioner

The position of Integrity Commissioner for the City of Ottawa is hereby established for the purposes of Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, with the statutory duties and functions as set out in Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, and in this by-law.

Section 3 - Appointment of Integrity Commissioner

  1. The recruitment, appointment and contract administration for the Integrity Commissioner shall be conducted in accordance with the Statutory Officer Recruitment, Appointment and Contract Administration Policy and Procedures (the “Policy and Procedures”).
  2. In accordance with the Policy and Procedures,
    1. Council shall consider a motion that provides for delegating authority to the City Clerk to undertake a recruitment and appointment process for the Integrity Commissioner in accordance with the criteria and principles approved by Council, and further to any specified changes to the remuneration schedule;
    2. The initial term of the Integrity Commissioner shall be set at one year with an optional renewal for a five-year term; and
    3. The City Clerk shall have delegated authority to negotiate, finalize and execute extensions to the Integrity Commissioner’s contract and any subsequent renewals, subject to Council-approved term lengths and any Council-approved changes to terms and conditions, including the remuneration schedule. The City Clerk shall report to Council on the exercise of this delegated authority by way of memorandum immediately following the execution of any agreement.
  3. The appointment of a person to the position of Integrity Commissioner may be suspended or revoked only by a two-thirds majority vote of all members of City Council.

Sections 4 and 5 - Accountability

Section 4

The Integrity Commissioner is independent of the City administration.

Section 5

The Integrity Commissioner shall report to City Council.

Section 6 - Responsibilities

  1. The Integrity Commissioner is appointed as the Integrity Commissioner in accordance with subsection 223.3 of the Municipal Act, 2001.
  2. The Integrity Commissioner shall have all the powers and duties of the Integrity Commissioner set out in Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, By-laws 2018-399, 2018-400, and 2018-401, and as otherwise assigned by City Council.

Section 7 - Lobbyist Registrar

  1. Under By-law 2012-309, the Integrity Commissioner is appointed as the Lobbyist Registrar in accordance with section 223.11 of the Municipal Act, 2001. As Lobbyist Registrar, the Integrity Commissioner is independent of the City administration and shall report to City Council, or to a Committee of Council as may be directed by City Council.
  2. The Integrity Commissioner has the powers and duties of the Lobbyist Registrar as set out in Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001 and By-law 2012-309.

Section 8 - Meetings Investigator

  1. The Integrity Commissioner is appointed as the Meetings Investigator in accordance with section 239.2 of the Municipal Act, 2001. As Meetings Investigator, the Integrity Commissioner is independent of the City administration and shall report to City Council, or to a Committee of Council as may be directed by City Council.
  2. The Integrity Commissioner has the powers and duties of the Meetings Investigator as set out in section 239.2 of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Section 9 - Access to information

In accordance with subsection 223.4(4) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, the Integrity Commissioner is entitled to have free access to all books, accounts, financial records, electronic data processing records, reports, files and all other papers, things or property belonging to or used by the municipality or a local board that the Commissioner believes to be necessary for an inquiry.

Section 10 - Annual Report

In each year subsequent to the year of appointment, the Integrity Commissioner shall submit an annual report outlining the activities of the previous period.

Section 11 - Duty of Confidentiality

The Integrity Commissioner and any person acting under his or her instructions shall be subject to the duty of confidentiality provided in Section 223.5 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended.

Section 12 - Immunity from testimony

Neither the Integrity Commissioner nor any person acting under the instructions of the Integrity Commissioner is a competent or compellable witness in a civil proceeding in connection with anything done under Part V.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended, or of this by-law.

Sections 13 and 14 - Indemnity

Section 13

The City of Ottawa shall indemnify and save harmless the Integrity Commissioner or any person acting under the instructions of the Integrity Commissioner for any and all liabilities, losses, expenses, costs (including legal costs), demands, damages, suits, judgments, penalties, expenses and liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever reasonably incurred by either of them in connection with the defence of a proceeding if the proceeding relates to: an act done in good faith in the performance or intended performance of a duty or authority under the Municipal Act, 2001 (as amended from time to time) and/or under this By-law; an alleged neglect or default in the performance in good faith of the duty or authority; any alleged breach of this Agreement; or, any procedural defect or other alleged breach of the relevant statutory or by-law provisions.

Section 14

Section 13 shall survive termination of the Integrity Commissioner’s Agreement with the City of Ottawa.

Enacted and passed this 27 day of January, 2021.