Disclosure of wrongdoings relating to public bodies

Where must I go to disclose a wrongdoing concerning a public body?

Since May 1, 2017, the Québec Ombudsman has been empowered to handle the disclosure of wrongdoings concerning public bodies and reprisal complaints.

For further information, see the website for our branch on public integrity disclosure investigations (Direction des enquêtes sur les divulgations en matière d’intégrité publique).

What is the procedure for a public body to be exempted from appointing a person responsible for dealing with disclosures?

Under the Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings relating to public bodies, all the public bodies subject to the Act must appoint a designated officer responsible for dealing with disclosures and establish a procedure for facilitating the disclosure of wrongdoing. However, section 19 of the Act provides that a public body may asked to be exempted from these obligations by the Québec Ombudsman, in particular by reason of the body’s size or scarcity of resources.

For further information, see the Requesting an exemption page of the website dedicated to the new mandate of the Québec Ombudsman.

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