The Expanding Mandate of the Ontario Ombudsman

When: Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 08:00 - 16:00

Where: Toronto

On December 9, 2014 the Ontario government passed legislation that expands the jurisdiction of the Ontario Ombudsman to include municipalities, universities and school boards. Under the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014, the Ombudsman will begin accepting, investigating and resolving complaints about school boards as of September 1, 2015, and municipalities and universities as of January 1, 2016.

The Public Policy Forum and the Office of the Ombudsman have partnered to engage and educate key stakeholders about what this will mean for these sectors, to listen to suggestions and to respond to questions.

Throughout the fall, the Forum ran consultations with universities, municipalities and school boards in Ottawa, Sarnia, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Toronto, and consulted people by phone and email, collecting input from more than 75 people across the province.

The findings of these roundtables will be presented at the conference. Participants will then be engaged in discussions to help the Ombudsman’s Office improve accountability and governance across the province. 

For more information please contact:

Rhonda Moore
Project Lead
Rhonda.moore@ppforum.ca
613-238-7858 ext. 230