FedDev Ontario Code of Conduct

Appendix A: Duties and Obligations

Public Servants

Public servants are expected to abide by this Code and demonstrate the values of the public sector in all actions and behaviour. Furthermore, public servants must also adhere to the behavioural expectations set out in this Code. If you do not abide by these values and expectations, you may be subject to administrative or disciplinary measures up to and including termination of employment.

Public servants who are also managers are in a position of influence and authority that gives them a particular responsibility to exemplify the values of the public sector. Managers are expected to uphold this Code, model appropriate behaviours, encourage dialogue on values and ethical issues, and foster an environment of openness where they encourage discussion, promote the exchange of ideas, elicit questions, and promote the search for solutions. Employees also have an important role to play by participating in the dialogue and contributing to creating a work environment that reflects values and ethics.

As provided by sections 12 and 13 of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA), if you, as a public servant, have information that could indicate a serious breach of this Code, you can bring this matter, in confidence and without fear of reprisal, to the attention of your immediate supervisor, the Senior Officer for Disclosure or the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner.


The President has specific responsibilities under the PSDPA, including the establishment of a Code of Conduct for FedDev Ontario, and overall responsibility for promoting a culture of values and ethics within the Agency. The President, supported by the Senior Officer for Disclosure and the Director General, Human Resources, ensures that you, as an employee, are aware of your obligations under this Code and that you can obtain appropriate advice within the Agency on ethical issues, including possible conflicts of interest.

It is the responsibility of the President to ensure that this Code and internal disclosure procedures are implemented effectively and are regularly monitored and evaluated. The President is also responsible for ensuring that programs and services are provided in a non-partisan manner.

The President is subject to this Code and to the Conflict of Interest Act.

Vice Presidents

The Vice Presidents support the President in carrying out responsibilities pertaining to values and ethics within this Code. They are responsible, collectively, for promoting compliance with this Code and for fostering a values-based culture and high ethical standards of conduct that enable employees to work to their full potential in a professional and respectful work environment.

Senior Officer for Disclosure

The Senior Officer for Disclosure helps promote a positive environment for disclosing offences, deals with disclosures of wrongdoing made by public servants of FedDev Ontario, and supports the President in meeting the requirements of the PSDPA.

The duties and powers of the Senior Officer for Disclosure also include the following, pursuant to the internal disclosure procedures established under the PSDPA:

  1. Provide public servants with information, advice and guidance on FedDev Ontario's internal disclosure procedures, including the making of disclosures, the conduct of investigations into disclosures, and the handling of disclosures made to supervisors.
  2. Receive and record disclosures and review them to establish whether there are sufficient grounds for further action under the PSDPA.
  3. Manage investigations into disclosures, including determining whether to deal with a disclosure under the PSDPA, initiate an investigation, or cease an investigation.
  4. Coordinate handling of a disclosure with the senior officer of another federal public sector organization if a disclosure or an investigation into a disclosure involves that other organization.
  5. Notify the person(s) who made a disclosure in writing of the outcome of any review and/or investigation into the disclosure, and on the status of actions taken on the disclosure, as appropriate.
  6. Report the findings of investigations, as well as any systemic problems that may give rise to wrongdoings, directly to his or her chief executive, with recommendations for corrective action, if any.

As public servants at FedDev Ontario, you are encouraged to communicate with the Senior Officer for Disclosure to discuss possible avenues to address your concerns.

Treasury Board Secretariat: Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer

In support of the Treasury Board President's responsibilities under section 4 of the PSDPA, the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) is responsible for promoting ethical practices in the public sector. The OCHRO will work with all relevant partner organizations to implement and promote this Code, and will provide advice to chief executives and designated departmental officials with respect to its interpretation.

The Chief Human Resources Officer may issue directives, standards and guidelines related to this Code.

OCHRO will monitor the implementation of this Code at FedDev Ontario with a view to assessing whether the stated objectives have been achieved.

Public Service Commission

The Public Service Commission is responsible for conducting staffing investigations and audits to safeguard the integrity of the public service staffing system and for administering certain provisions related to political activities in accordance with the Public Service Employment Act.

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