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Accountability and Transparency

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Accountability and Transparency

In 2006, the Municipal Act was amended to include new provisions respecting the accountability and transparency of municipal government and its operations. This new section of the Act contained several provisions, the highlights of which are:

1. Mandatory Policy Development:

Municipalities have been mandated to have, and regularly review, the following policies:

  • Procurement of Goods and Services
  • Hiring of Employees
  • Sale and Disposition of Land
  • Public Notice
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Delegation of Powers and Duties

2. Mandatory Public Meeting Investigation:

The Act mandates that citizens have the right to request that an investigation be conducted into the appropriateness of closed meetings of Council.

Municipalities have the ability to appoint a Meetings Investigator, or alternatively, in the absence of an appointed Meetings Investigator, to have such investigations carried out by the Office of the Provincial Ombudsman.

The City of Windsor has appointed the firm of Amberley Gavel Ltd. as its Meetings Investigator.

3. Optional Creation of a Council Code of Conduct:

Municipalities are now authorized to establish a Code of Conduct for Council and for local boards of the municipality. On October 22, 2008, Windsor City Council passed a new Code of Conduct for Council.

4. Optional Appointment of Accountability & Transparency Officers:

The Municipal Act now authorizes municipalities, at their option, to appoint the following officers:

On October 22, 2007, City Council approved the creation of the office of Integrity Commissioner.

City Council has also created an Auditor General's Office and has approved the creation of a voluntary Lobbyist Registry, but has not chosen not to appoint an Ombudsman at this time.

For general information, call 311.  For detailed inquiries please contact the Council Services Department at (519) 255-6211 or email clerks@city.windsor.on.ca.