Ethics Helpline

(248) 422 5517


In the execution of official government business, Public Officers shall not put themselves in a position where personal interests conflict with their duties and responsibilities as Public Officers.

They shall use their best effort to avoid being in a position in which their personal interests conflict with their official duties. 

A conflict of interest occurs when an employee, be it an elected or appointed official, volunteer or a member of a board, committee, or commission:

  • Has a substantial interest (e.g. holds shares or have any other interest) in any decision, contract, sale, purchase or invoice  in a corporation, partnership or other body, directly or through another person;
  • Solicits, accepts or agrees to accept, any compensation, favour, gift, promise or other items of value  (whether tangible or intangible) in return for influencing, attempting to influence;
  • use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself or others.     
  • Participates in a Government action while negotiating prospective employment with a person who has a financial interest in the negotiation.


Anyone who believes that they may have a conflict of interest, should:

  • notify their immediate supervisor of the nature and extent of the interest and comply with any directions to avoid the conflict;
  • make their interest known in the official record or minutes of the board, committee or commission; or
  • refrain from voting or participating in the matter.

Anyone who is unsure if they have a conflict of interest, should consult their immediate supervisor, manager, procurement officer, or human resource employment relations representative.


About the POEC

To administer and enforce the Public Officers’ Ethics Act which comprises of the code of conduct and ethics for public officers and declarations of income, assets and liabilities for designated public officers.