Guidance on the Gift Rule
Ministers’ staff cannot accept a gift or benefit from anyone who does business with the Crown or wants to do business with the Crown if a reasonable person might conclude that the gift could influence staff when performing their duties.
The OIC has prepared a resource to assist public servants working in ministers' offices to understand and comply with the gift rule.
Ministers’ staff should be wary of accepting gifts in the following circumstances:
- The donor or the donor’s client is a ministry or government stakeholder
- The donor or the donor’s client may be affected by ministry or government programs and/or policies
- The donor is a registered lobbyist
- The donor or the donor’s client has applied for government funding
Contact the OIC when you have a question about the acceptability of a gift. Even if the gift can be accepted, you may need to disclose it to the OIC.
Read more about the Conflict of Interest Rules.