The Government of Ontario announced on March 6, 2014 that it
will be introducing legislation to strengthen accountability and
increasing transparency. Some of these measures had
previously been raised by the Government in the late fall of
2013. Although the legislation has not yet been introduced,
according to the Government some of the key points will
authorization for the Government to implement compensation
frameworks, including maximum compensation levels, for senior
executives in the Broader Public Sector ("BPS");
allowing the Ontario Integrity Commissioner to review executive
expenses in selected organizations;
requiring the publishing of the business plans and other
documents by BPS organizations;
extending the role of the Ontario Ombudsman to include
municipalities, school boards, and publicly funded
establishing a Patient Ombudsman to assist patients in
resolving complaints against public hospitals, Long-Term Care
Homes, and Community Care Access Centres.
There will also apparently be non-legislative measures,
presumably by regulation, that will require appointees of the
Government and senior executives in certain classified agencies to
post expense information online.
The legislation will also have measures for other matters such
as the publishing of expense information for MPPs.
We will continue to monitor the introduction and progress of
this legislation and will provide updates.
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