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Accountability & Transparency

We're opening up government to residents by posting expense reports, providing a lobbyist registry and following a code of conduct.

For more information on any of the following topics, email the Regional Clerk or call 905-791-7800 ext. 4545.

Other information

Regional Council approved By-law 47-2016 (PDF) to establish a Lobbyist Registry. The by-law came into effect March 1, 2017.

Regional Council approved By-law 13-2017 (PDF) to appoint an Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar.

Learn more about the Lobbyist Registry

Contact the Integrity Commissioner/Lobby Registrar

Councillors' business expenses are posted to the Region of Peel website quarterly. Expenses are broken down by type of expense, along with some details.

View expense reporting information for Members of Regional Council

View Regional policy regarding Business Expense Accounts – Members of Council (PDF)

Questions concerning Councillors' expenses may be addressed to the Manager, Accounting Services, at 905-791-7800 ext. 4212 or via email to monique.hynes@peelregion.ca.

Internal Audit assists the Region of Peel in accomplishing its business objectives by providing a systematic and disciplined approach to help improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

The Internal Audit division reports functionally to the Audit and Risk Committee to maintain independence and objectivity. The division's reports are presented to the Audit and Risk Committee on average four to five times annually. All reports can be found with the Audit and Risk Committee agendas for each meeting.

"Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes."

Visit the committees page for more information.

Members of Regional Council must adhere to a number of other laws and statutes, as well as Regional By-laws, policies and procedures, which serve to support Council's Code of Conduct (PDF).

The Integrity Commissioner was appointed by By-law 13-2017 (PDF).

The Integrity Commissioner reports to Regional Council and is responsible for performing, in an independent manner, the functions assigned by the municipality.

If you are contacting the Regional Clerk in relation to the Regional Council Code of Conduct, please include your name, contact information and nature of the inquiry. 

Requests should be directed to the Office of the Regional Clerk at 905-791-7800, ext. 4545 or the Integrity Commissioner.

A Public Complaints process is in place for public complaints regarding the programs, facilities, Regional services, operational procedures, staff or the action or lack of action taken regarding operations, facilities or services provided by the Region of Peel or by a person or body acting on behalf of the Region of Peel.

As of January 1, 2016, if a municipality does not appoint a Municipal Ombudsman, then the Ontario Ombudsman becomes its default Municipal Ombudsman. Region of Peel Council has not made a decision regarding the Ombudsman; therefore, the Ontario Ombudsman currently functions as the Municipal Ombudsman for the Region of Peel.

A member of the public can request an investigation of a Closed Session Meeting if they feel a meeting was closed improperly.

The Region of Peel has, under Council Resolution 2007-1541, entered into an agreement with Local Authority Services (LAS) to conduct Closed Session investigations.

The Region of Peel has, under Council Resolution 2007-1541, entered into an agreement with Local Authority Services (LAS) to conduct Closed Session investigations.

Under the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, a meeting can be closed to the public pursuant to section 239. Council may close a meeting to consider any of the following:

  • The security of the property of the municipality or local board
  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees
  • A proposed or pending acquisition or disposition of land by the municipality or local board
  • Labour relations or employee negotiations
  • Litigation or potential litigation, including matters before administrative tribunals, affecting a municipality or local board
  • Advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege including communications necessary for that purpose
  • A matter in respect of which a council, board, committee or other body may hold a closed meeting under another Act.

To request an investigation, contact the Office of the Regional Clerk or call 905-791-7800 ext. 4545.

The conduct of Council and Committee meetings is governed by the Region of Peel Procedure By-law, By-law 9-2018 (PDF) which is a requirement of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended. The Procedure By-law provides rules of order for meetings and ensures that meetings are open to the public, with some exceptions, and provides for notice of public meetings.