Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario

Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointment Act, 2009

Ethics Plan

Introduction

The purpose of the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009 (“ATAGAA”) is to ensure that adjudicative tribunals are accountable, transparent and efficient in their operations, while remaining independent in their decision-making.

The Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (“SLASTO”) have developed documents to meet the legislative requirements of the ATAGAA.

Section 6 of the ATAGAA requires that every adjudicative tribunal shall develop an ethics plan.  The ethics plan includes matters specified in a directive of the Management Board of Cabinet, and is approved by the Conflict of Interest Commissioner.

Ethics Plan

To maintain the highest level of public confidence and trust, it is critical that Members of SLASTO conduct themselves according to prescribed ethical standards.

Under Part IV (Ethical Conduct) and Part V (Political Activity) of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 (PSOA), Members of SLASTO are bound to comply with requirements designed to ensure that their private interests are not in conflict with their duties and responsibilities in relation to the cluster or the Crown.  The Executive Chair of SLASTO advises members of the cluster of these compliance obligations at the time they are appointed to the cluster and in writing at least annually.  

All Members of SLASTO (and former Members) must comply with the ethical standards set out in Ontario Regulation 381/07 (the Regulation), made under the PSOA. 

All Members are also required to comply with the Code of Conduct agreement and the Rules of Practice established by the constituent tribunals. The Position Descriptions and Competencies outlined in these documents apply to all Members. All of these documents equally apply to this Ethics Plan and are available to members on the SLASTO’s websites. 

i)    Applicable Conflict of Interest provisions:

·         Conflict of Interest rules as set out in Ontario Regulation 381/07.

The Conflict of Interest provisions help Members of SLASTO (and former Members) identify types of situations in which actual, apparent or potential conflicts of interest may arise, and set out guidelines against which possible conflicts of interest may be assessed. The Executive Chair of SLASTO advises members of these compliance obligations at the time they are appointed to the cluster and in writing at least annually.   

ii)   Code of Conduct for Members:

The Code of Conduct sets out the standards of conduct governing responsibilities of Members for the duration of their term of appointment and where applicable, after the term of appointment has expired.  The Code includes principles related to integrity, objectivity and impartiality, confidentiality and compliance to which every Member must adhere.  The Executive Chair of SLASTO advises members of these compliance obligations at the time they are appointed to the cluster and in writing at least annually.

iii)  Member position descriptions and competencies:

Member position descriptions are established for Members, Vice Chairs, Associate Chairs, and the Executive Chair of SLASTO.  The descriptions include competencies specific to the integrity, ethics and values each is expected to exercise in carrying out their duties within the cluster. 

iv)  Rules of Practice

The Rules of Practice of each constituent tribunal guide and apply to all proceedings, motions, and conferences before the tribunals. 

Once approved by the Commissioner, the Ethics Plan will be posted on SLASTO’s website. 

SLASTO will keep the public informed of its activities by:

a.    Posting relevant information on its website: http://www.slasto.gov.on.ca

b.    Publishing Annual Reports for submission to the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Alternative Formats/Contact Information

This Ethics Plan is available in various accessible formats including Braille, audio tape and large print. For alternative format or a paper copy, please contact the Office of the Executive Chair, SLASTO.

Alternative Formats

This Ethics Plan is available in various accessible formats including Braille, audio tape and large print. For alternative format or a paper copy, please contact the Office of the Executive Chair, SLASTO.

Adoption

This Ethics Plan will be reviewed every 3 years along with the other documentation required by ATAGAA.

This Policy was adopted by the Executive Chair, Linda P. Lamoureux, on March 31, 2014.

Contact Information

Address:

Office of the Executive Chair

Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario

250 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Suite 401

Toronto ON M5T 2Z5

Phone: 416-327-6500

Toll free: 1-844-242-0608

TTY: 416-916-0162

TTY Toll Free: 1-844-650-2819

E-mail:SLASTOinfo@ontario.ca 

This document is available on SLASTO’s website: http://www.slasto.gov.on.ca

If you have any questions about this document or would prefer it in an alternative format, please contact the Office of the Executive Chair, SLASTO.