175.1. The council of commissioners must, by by-law, establish a code of ethics and professional conduct which is applicable to the commissioners.
The code shall set out the duties and obligations of the commissioners, and may prescribe standards that vary according to the various classes of commissioners or that apply only to certain classes of commissioners. The code must, among other things,
(1) include preventive measures, in particular rules for the disclosure of interests;
(2) deal with the identification of situations of conflict of interest;
(3) regulate or prohibit practices relating to remuneration;
(4) specify the duties and obligations of commissioners even after they leave office;
(5) include enforcement mechanisms, in particular the designation of the persons charged with the enforcement of the code and provide for penalties.
No member of the council of commissioners or employee of a school board may be responsible for determining if the code has been contravened or for imposing a penalty.
The school board must ensure public access to the code, and publish it in its annual report.
The annual report shall, in addition, state the number of cases dealt with and the follow-up thereon and set out any breaches determined during the year by the disciplinary authorities, the determination thereof, any penalties imposed by the competent authorities and the names of any commissioners divested of office by a court during the year.
This section must not be construed so as to restrict the freedom of speech inherent in a commissioner’s function.
1997, c. 6, s. 2; 2006, c. 51, s. 95.