Disclosure of Wrongdoing in the Workplace
The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA), which came into force on April 15, 2007 following the passing of the Federal Accountability Act in December 2006, requires all departments to make an internal disclosure process available to their staff for reporting allegations of wrongdoing. The PSDPA also requires each chief executive to promptly provide public access to information on founded cases of wrongdoing investigated in accordance with the Act.
Article 11 (1) (c) of the PSDPA states that each chief executive must: if a wrongdoing is found as a result of a disclosure made under section 12, promptly provide public access to information that:
- describes the wrongdoing, including information that could identify the person found to have committed it if it is necessary to identify the person to adequately describe the wrongdoing; and
- sets out the recommendations, if any, set out in any report made to the chief executive in relation to the wrongdoing and the corrective action, if any, taken by the chief executive in relation to the wrongdoing or the reasons why no corrective action was taken.
Under the Canada Council for the Arts policy, wrongdoing is defined as an act or omission concerning:
i) Any criminal activity under the laws of Canada;
ii) A flagrant disregard for Council’s policies, procedures or standards;
iii) Gross mismanagement of Council’s money or assets;
iv) Misuse of Council’s money, assets or information for personal gain;
v) Falsifying information;
vi) Tampering with or inappropriately destroying any of Council’s files (electronic or paper);
vii) Inappropriate personal use of Council’s assets;
viii) Actions that endanger the life, health and safety of other employees;
ix) Reprisal against an employee disclosing, in good faith, a wrongdoing in the workplace; and
x) Knowingly directing or counseling a person to commit a wrongdoing.
This web site will be updated every three months to provide public access to information on founded cases of wrongdoing, investigated in accordance with the PSDPA.
The rules and principles governing the reporting of founded disclosures of wrongdoing in the workplace are outlined in the PSDPA, which can be found at: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/showtdm/cs/P-31.9
Please note that information that would normally be withheld under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act does not appear on this web site.
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