Ministers' Staff Ethical Conduct

The Integrity Commissioner promotes ethical conduct by answering questions about the application of conflict of interest rules that apply to Ministers’ Staff. The Office determines whether a conflict of interest exists and provides direction. Ministers’ staff may make an inquiry to the Integrity Commissioner regarding their day to day work activities and their personal and/or pecuniary interests while employed by a ministry and during their post employment period.

The Conflict of Interest Rules can be found in  O. Reg. 382/07, and in sections 66 to 69 of the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006. The Act appoints the Integrity Commissioner as the Ethics Executive for people in this group. Sections 94 to 98 of the Act, Part V- Political Activity, provide for the political activity rules for public servants who work in Ministers’ offices.

The Office provides training for all staff. To book a session, please call us at 416-314-8983 or email at

Declaration of Conflict of Interest

Ministers' staff who routinely work on matters involving the private sector may be required to submit a declaration of conflict of interest. The form can be found below.

Report into The Role of Ministers' Staff at Queen's Park

The Integrity Commissioner released a consultation report into the role of ministers' staff at Queen's Park. The Commissioner made five recommendations, including extending the in-service rules to all employees who work in the office of an MPP. Read the report here.

The Commissioner sets out concerns  in this commentary piece.


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Our FAQs help explain the conflict of interest rules.

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Sample Inquiries

Read some of our recent determinations.

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Can Ministers' Staff take part in political activity?

Check the Guidance on Political Activity.

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