The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner investigates wrongdoing in the federal public sector and helps protect from reprisal whistleblowers and those who participate in investigations.
The Office is an independent federal organization created in 2007 under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. The Office is led by a Commissioner who reports directly to Parliament, and has jurisdiction over most federal public sector organizations, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Crown Corporations.
As a trusted organization where anyone can disclose wrongdoing in the federal public sector confidentially and safely, the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada enhances public confidence in the integrity of public servants and public institutions.
The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada contributes to strengthening accountability and increases oversight of government operations by providing:
- public servants and members of the public with an independent and confidential process for receiving and investigating disclosures of wrongdoing in, or relating to, the federal public sector, and by reporting founded cases to Parliament and making recommendations to chief executives on corrective measures; and
- public servants and former public servants with a mechanism for handling complaints of reprisal for the purpose of coming to a resolution including referring cases to the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal.
The Office operates under a set of values that defines who we are and how we interact with our clients and stakeholders:
- Respect for democracy - We recognize that elected officials are accountable to Parliament, and ultimately to the Canadian people, and that a non-partisan public sector is essential to our democratic system.
- Respect for people - We treat all people with respect, dignity and fairness. This is fundamental to our relationship with the Canadian public and colleagues.
- Integrity - We act in a manner that will bear the closest public scrutiny.
- Stewardship - We use and care for public resources responsibly.
- Excellence - We strive to bring rigour and timeliness as we produce high-quality work.
- Impartiality - We arrive at impartial and objective conclusions and recommendations independently.
- Confidentiality - We protect the confidentiality of any information that comes to our knowledge in the performance of our duties.