Ontario announces re-appointment of Ombudsman and Integrity Commissioner

Ontario announces re-appointment of Ombudsman and Integrity Commissioner

December 8, 2020

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has reappointed both its Ombudsman and Integrity Commissioner for another five years.

Ombudsman Paul Dubé and Integrity Commissioner Hon. J. David Wake have served in their current roles since 2016. Their respective terms as Officers of the Assembly were extended by a unanimous vote of MPPs at Queen’s Park on 30 November 2020.

“Mr. Dubé has performed his role with the twin attributes of vigour and fairness. He is deeply committed to improving the delivery of government services to Ontarians, and this is evident in all of his investigations and reports,” said Speaker Ted Arnott.

“Justice Wake has been an outstanding Integrity Commissioner, who has provided excellent guidance and advice to Ontario’s legislators. We deeply appreciate his many years of service to the people of Ontario,” Speaker Arnott added.

The Ombudsman is an Officer of the Ontario Legislative Assembly who is independent of government and political parties. The Ombudsman’s Office promotes fairness, accountability and transparency in the public sector by resolving and investigating public complaints and systemic issues within the Ombudsman’s jurisdiction.

The Ontario Ombudsman’s Office also includes the French Language Services Commissioner.

The Integrity Commissioner is an Officer of the Ontario Legislative Assembly who is independent of government and political parties. The Office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario was established in 1988 to encourage high standards of ethical conduct for Members of Provincial Parliament. The Office has established itself as an independent ethics leader, working to encourage and support high ethical standards that strengthen trust and confidence in the Ontario government.

The Integrity Commissioner is also responsible for several other mandates, including lobbyist registration and to administer the disclosure of wrongdoing and conflict of interest regimes under the Public Service of Ontario Act.

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