2020-2021 Annual Report

  • September 30, 2021
2020-2021 Annual Report

Public integrity

  • September 30, 2021
  • 171  disclosures processed
  • Substantiated disclosures: 4.1%
  • 127 bodies concerned

The whistleblower behind the disclosure may be:

  • A member of the personnel of a body subject to the Act;
  • A supplier or subcontractor;
  • Anyone else who is aware of a wrongdoing relating to a public body that has been committed or is about to be committed.

Highlights

A scheme for obtaining extra funding

A person in charge of a family medicine group (GMF) converted local community service centre (CLSC) emergency room visits into GMF visits in order to obtain extra funding from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. The Québec Ombudsman contacted the CISSS concerned to have the GMF cease such practices.

Pay for unworked overtime

Managers of a public organization authorized payment for unworked overtime in order to recruit new employees or entice them to stay through higher wages. The Québec Ombudsman intervened to put an end to this misuse of public funds.

A serious breach of the code of ethics and professional conduct

A disclosure was filed about a manager of a public organization who had allegedly been on a prize-awarding panel within the same public body. The manager’s participation had seemingly given an advantage to someone the manager knew, in an apparent conflict of interest. In investigating, the Québec Ombudsman did not come to this conclusion. However, the rules of ethics for such cases should have been spelled out. In fact, this what the Québec Ombudsman recommended.

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