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Starting March 2019, the Province of Ontario has required that municipalities adopt a Code of conduct for members of their municipal council and local boards.

The Municipal Council adopted its first version of the Code of conduct in February 2019 and updated it slightly in May 2019.

The Code of conduct applies to members of the Municipal Council and to the following local board members:

  • • BIA (Downtown Business Improvement Area Commission)
  • • Committee of Adjustment

To consult the Code of conduct.

Integrity Commissioner

By adopting this Code, an Integrity Commissioner was appointed in March 2019 by the Council. His term ends on December 31, 2020 but may be renewed for an additional two years.

His role

The Integrity Commissioner is a person independent of the Council and the Town Administration. He acts as:

Legal advisor

He provides confidential advice to the mayor, councillors and local board members on their obligations under the Code of conduct and any other regulations, policies and procedures governing their ethical behavior. He also provides notices under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.


He is responsible for investigating complaints he receives about potential breaches of the Code of conduct or ethical failings of members of the Municipal Council or a local board.


He provides educational information to Members of Council, local boards, the Town and the general public.

Who is he?

Mr. John Saywell is a lawyer admitted in Quebec and New York, with 15 years of experience in corporate, commercial and administrative law.

He is also a Planner, with 15 years of experience in urban planning and regulations. He also has two active mandates as mayor in a local municipality.

(613) 872-2320

File a complaint

A person who has reasons to believe that there is a contravention of the Code of conduct or an ethical breach by an elected member or a member of a local board may file a complaint on the form to that effect.

Download the form to file a complaint.

The complaint must be accompanied by a cheque for $100 payable to:

"John Saywell in Trust" and mailed to:

C.P. 190

Hawkesbury ON

K6A 2R8

The $100 deposit will be refunded if the complaint is accepted and the Integrity Commissioner conducts an investigation.

Result of a complaint

To the extent possible, the Integrity Commissioner will submit his report within 60 days of receiving a complaint to the Council or local board, as the case may be. In the case of a contravention of the Code of conduct or a breach of ethics, he will submit his recommendations as to the penalties to be imposed to the Member in default.