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Accountability and Transparency

In 2007, the Municipal Act (the ‘Act’) was amended to provide municipalities with greater autonomy but also to provide for various accountability and transparency measures as a balance to increased powers in the Act. Subsequent amendments have broadened and strengthened those measures. An Accountability and Transparency policy was adopted in 2007.

The Council Code of Conduct Policy 2008-02 was adopted to govern the actions of council.

An Integrity Commissioner (IC) has been appointed to address the application of, and provide advice relating to, the Code of Conduct and any procedures, rules and policies governing the ethical behavior of members of council and of local boards. The IC is also required to provide advice on obligations under the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and deliver an annual report to council providing a summary of activity throughout the year.

Please contact for inquiries regarding the Code of Conduct Complaint Form and Affidavit.

The Ontario Ombudsman promotes fairness, accountability and transparency in the public sector by investigating public complaints and systemic issues within his jurisdiction.

The Ontario Ombudsman serves as Haldimand County’s Closed Meeting Investigator. If you wish to file a complaint regarding a Closed Meeting of Council, you may contact the Ontario Ombudsman at:

Ombudsman Ontario – General Complaints
Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario
483 Bay Street
10th floor, South Tower
Toronto, ON M5G 2C9

Or you may submit a complaint online at

Please refer to the Conflicts Registry for recorded declarations during the period of March 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. From January 1, 2022 onward, the Conflicts Registry is available on the Council Meetings – Agendas & Minutes webpage.