Backgrounder - The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada - Highlights and Priorities

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The Office

The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada was established in 2007 as an independent federal organization that reports to Parliament under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. The Office receives, reviews and investigates allegations of wrongdoing within the federal public sector.  It also helps protect current and former public servants who have made a protected disclosure or participated in an investigation from reprisals.

Operational progress

In the last two years, the Office has taken numerous strides in terms of enhancing its operational results. Since January 2011, the Office has:

  • launched 55 investigations, compared to 22 from April 2007 to December 2010;
  • improved the workflow process so that files are being completed in a more timely manner in order to ensure that those involved have their case dealt with as quickly as possible;
  • tabled its first three case reports in Parliament;
  • referred three cases of reprisal to the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal; and
  • convened its first successful conciliation to address a case of reprisal.

Commissioner, Mario Dion’s priorities

Commissioner Dion’s current priorities are to:

  • continue to build efficiency and rigour in the operational process for receiving, analyzing and investigating disclosures of wrongdoing and reprisal complaints;
  • engage employees and leaders of federal organizations and raise awareness of the Office and the federal disclosure protection regime; and
  • enhance accessibility to the Office for potential disclosers or victims of reprisal.

 


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For more information, contact:

Edith Lachapelle
Manager, Communications
Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner
Telephone: 613-946-2138
Email: Lachapelle.Edith@psic-ispc.gc.ca