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Integrity Commissioner


Photo of Harold Elston, Integrity Commissioner

 Curriculum Vitae

The Municipal Act permits Council to appoint an Integrity Commissioner who performs specified functions regarding the application of the Code of Conduct which applies to all members of Council and members appointed to Boards and Committees to promote accountability and transparency in municipal governance. As of October 17, 2017 Council for the Town of Parry Sound appointed Harold Elston as its Integrity Commissioner for the period ending October 16, 2020.  Should you lodge a complaint via email or telephone, your call should be answered within 2 business days.  If you have had no response, please contact the Clerk.


The Integrity Commissioner's role is to:

  • Keep officials aware of the requirements of the Code;
  • Respond to requests from members of Council, Boards or Committees for advice regarding their obligations and compliance;
  • Conduct inquiries and investigations into alleged contraventions of the Code, make decisions and recommend penalties where he finds that the Code has been breached; and
  • Report annually to Council on the activities of the office.


Informal Complaint Process

Formal Complaint Process

Formal Complaint Form

Integrity Commissioner Reports:

Should there be a complaint lodged and it is investigated, the report will be listed here.  An annual report from the Integrity Commissioner will be listed here as well.

Ombudsman Ontario

As of January 1, 2016 the new Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014 takes effect.  The Ontario Ombudsman has the power to investigate and resolve complaints about municipalities, universities and school boards.  This means that the Ontario Ombudsman can help Ontarians who have problems with these bodies, just as they help them with the 500+ provincial government organizations they oversee.

However, this does not mean that the Ombudsman's office replaces existing complaint mechanisms; they just ensure they work as they should.

If you have a complaint about the conduct of a member of Council or a Committee or Board member, you should still be using the complaint mechanism already in place.  Please review the links located above in order to lodge your complaint.  All complaints will be treated as confidential and will go to the Clerk and then directly to the Integrity Commissioner Harold Elston.

Ombudsman's website

Ombudsman Reports: