Highlights of the amendments being proposed are:

  • Municipal Conflict of Interest will be clearly defined and regulated in a new act to be known as “The Miscellaneous Statutes (Municipal Conflict of Interest) Amendment Act, 2015″.
  • A Procedures Bylaw will be mandatory and be required to be approved by council within 60 days of the passing of the amendments.  It shall cover certain regulated matters and council may add in others.
  • Confidentiality requirements will be expanded.
  • Code of Ethics shall be established and apply to employees as well as council members.
  • The Oath or Affirmation shall be taken by each member of council within 30 days of the adoption of the Code of Ethics Bylaw.
  • Conflict of Interest has been broadened to mean more than just a financial interest and is limited to spouse and dependent children interests as well.
  • Public Disclosure Statement will include the disclosure for every employer, person, corporation, organization, association or other body that the member of council, their spouse or children receive remuneration for services performed as an employee, director, manager, operator, contractor, or agent.
  • If a council member is disqualified, they may not be eligible to run for council for 12 years from the date of their disqualification.
  • An extension to a time period of six months from 60 days to quash a bylaw is proposed and further that any occupant of a property may apply to quash a bylaw.
  • The Minister may appoint one or more auditors to audit the books of the city or any other body established by council.
  • Inspections of a municipality or any other body established by council may be released by the Minister or through consultation with the council, by the council.
  • The Minister may suspend a council member, the whole council, the Administrator or any designated official during an inspection.
  • Municipalities will be added to the list of entities for authority under “The Ombudsman Act”.