FedDev Ontario Code of Conduct

The Way We Work. Professionalism in Action.

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In this text, "we" and "you" refer to FedDev Ontario public servants (also referred to as employees). Note that some links in this document are to resources on FedDev Ontario's intranet, which is accessible to FedDev Ontario employees only. Where possible, we have provided links to publicly available resources.

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Introduction

The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector (Public Sector Code) outlines expected values and behaviour to guide and support public servantsFootnote 1 in their daily activities. The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Code of Conduct (this Code) builds on these requirements and is intended to ensure high standards of conduct for public servants and to promote dialogue between managers, employees and representatives.

The behaviour of public servants at FedDev Ontario must, at all times, show the public that we are dedicated professionals whose work is essential to Canada's well-being and the enduring strength of Canadian democracy. This behaviour must uphold the public interest and trust in accordance with the law while complying with the highest ethical standards and practices.

The Constitution of Canada and the principles of responsible government provide the foundation for the roles, responsibilities and values of the federal public sector.Footnote 2 Constitutional conventions of ministerial responsibility prescribe the appropriate relationships among ministers, parliamentarians, public servants and the public. A professional and non-partisan federal public sector is integral to our democracy.

This Code also reinforces the importance of building and sustaining a values-based operating culture in southern Ontario by upholding FedDev Ontario's guiding principles of excellence in public service, professionalism, respect, integrity and leadership, which will enable us to work effectively together.

This Code, updated in 2015, further expands on the expectations of employees at all levels in relation to the duty of loyalty, harassment prevention and management of conflicts in the workplace, the use of social media, as well as the use of employer networks and devices.

Objectives

This Code outlines the values and expected behaviours that guide public servants at FedDev Ontario in all activities related to our professional duties. By committing to these values and adhering to the expected behaviours, you will strengthen the ethical culture of the Agency and contribute to public confidence in the integrity of all public institutions.

Application

This Code of Conduct came into force on June 1, 2012, was updated on June 16, 2015, and applies to everyone working at FedDev Ontario. The foundation of this Code is the Public Sector Code and the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment.

Acceptance of these values and adherence to the expected behaviours are a condition of employment for every public servant in the federal public sector, regardless of level or position.Footnote 3 A breach of these values or behaviours may result in disciplinary measures being taken, up to and including termination of employment.

More specifically, compliance with this Code, the Public Sector Code, and the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment is part of the employment contract for all public servants working in FedDev Ontario, including indeterminate and term employees (full-time and part-time), persons on secondment to the Agency, casuals, students and staff on leave with or without pay.

Although not federal public servants, individuals on incoming Interchange Canada assignments are expected to comply with the requirements of this Code.

As an employee of FedDev Ontario, it is your responsibility to become familiar with the contents of this Code and to abide by them. You must conduct yourself in a manner that reflects the overall spirit of this Code.

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