Values and Ethics

The Public Service of Canada has long discussed the issues of values and ethics. Over the last decade a number of initiatives have sustained the dialogue.

During 2002, the Treasury Board Secretariat set out to revise the Conflict of Interest and Post Employment Code for the Public Service. The revisions took place under the direction of an interdepartmental committee, with focus groups held with employees across the country. In late 2002, the two projects were merged to result in a stronger accountability document. The revised version of the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, came into effect on September 1, 2003.

The revised Code sets forth the values and ethics of public service, as well as measures related to conflict of interest and post-employment, to guide and support public servants in all their professional activities.

This Code governs all public servants working in departments, agencies and other public institutions.

At the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), decision-makers in the Refugee Appeal Division and Immigration Appeal Division are Governor in Council (GIC) appointees governed by the Conflict of Interest and Post Employment Code for Public Office Holders as well as the Code of Conduct for Members of the IRB. These Codes underline the values established by our organization to strengthen respect for and the appreciation of the role everyone plays.

The IRB adopted its own set of values in 1997 to foster a harmonious work environment to better serve Canadians. These values are:

  • Excellence in delivery
  • Valuing people
  • Open, honest, timely communication
  • Relevant, responsive and accountable management and
  • Working together effectively.