Now that the 2016 elections are over, municipalities are reminded about the requirements for the conflict of interest rules that were introduced in fall 2015. The changes were made to The Cities Act, The Municipalities Act, and The Northern Municipalities Act, 2010. The following list provides key dates and obligations about the strengthened rules for conflict of interest.
First meeting of council:
The first meeting must be held within 31 days of the election, or by November 28, 2016.
- Public Disclosure Statements:
- November 25, 2016 - Deadline for members of council elected in the 2016 general election to complete and file with the administrator a public disclosure statement.
- November 30, 2016 - Current members of rural municipal councils (even numbered divisions) must complete and file an annual declaration noting any changes to the member’s public disclosure statement or acknowledging that no changes have occurred since filing the public disclosure statement in 2015.
- Oath of Office:
All members of council elected in 2016 and current members of rural municipalities are required to complete the new Oath of Office before performing any municipal duties.
- Council Code of Ethics:
Municipal councils have until February 23, 2017 to adopt a council code of ethics bylaw.
In October 2015, municipalities were notified about new rules for council procedures bylaws and employee code of conduct.
Council Procedures Bylaw:
All municipalities were required to pass a council procedures bylaw no later than January 19, 2016.
Employee Code of Conduct:
No deadline, however, municipalities were encouraged to implement an employee code of conduct in a timely manner to remain compliant with legislation.
If you have any questions on the above requirements, please contact a municipal advisor at (306) 787-2680 or visit the Conflict of Interest pages on www.saskatchewan.ca