In force: 2017-05-01
26. The Public Protector provides access to legal advice to any person making or wishing to make a disclosure or cooperating in an audit or investigation conducted on the basis of a disclosure made under Chapters II to IV of this Act or Chapter VII.2 of the Educational Childcare Act (chapter S-4.1.1). Access to legal advice may also be provided to a person referred to in the first paragraph if that person believes a reprisal has been taken against him or her for having, in good faith, made a disclosure or cooperated in an audit or investigation conducted on the basis of a disclosure, unless the reprisal constitutes a practice prohibited by subparagraph 11 of the first paragraph of section 122 of the Act respecting labour standards (chapter N-1.1).
To be provided with such access to legal advice, a person must, in the Public Protector’s opinion, be in a special situation that warrants legal assistance, for example because of the nature of the person’s disclosure or of the person’s cooperation in an audit or investigation.
The Public Protector determines, in each case, the manner in and time for which access to legal advice is to be provided.