To maintain the highest level of public confidence and trust, members of Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) must conduct themselves according to prescribed ethical standards.
SJTO's Ethics Plan is prepared in accordance with O. Reg. 91/11 of the Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, 2009, which sets out the content of the plan. This Ethics Plan applies to all members (full and part-time appointees) of SJTO.
Under Part IV (Ethical Conduct) and Part V (Political Activity) of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 (PSOA), members of SJTO are bound to comply with requirements to ensure that their private interests are not in conflict with their duties and responsibilities to SJTO.
SJTO will ensure that members are familiar with the requirements of the PSOA by:
Members are also required to comply with SJTO's Code of Conduct, which provides guidance on their professional and ethical responsibilities.
SJTO will ensure that members are familiar with the Code of Conduct by:
SJTO's professional development plan for members will include annual training on the Ethics Plan, Conflict of Interest Rules and Code of Conduct.
SJTO may develop other internal policies (for example, rules of practice) to help members meet their obligations.
The Ontario Public Service has a separate government-wide ethics plan: Guide to Public Service Ethics and Conduct that applies to all staff working at SJTO.