Effective March 1, 2019, The Municipal Conflict of Interest Act is amended by adding the following section:
1.1 The Province of Ontario endorses the following principles in relation to the duties of members of councils and of local boards under this Act:
1. The importance of integrity, independence and accountability in local government decision-making. (emphasis added).
2. The importance of certainty in reconciling the public duties and pecuniary interests of members.
3. Members are expected to perform their duties of office with integrity and impartiality in a manner that will bear the closest scrutiny.
4. There is a benefit to municipalities and local boards when members have a broad range of knowledge and continue to be active in their own communities, whether in business, in the practice of a profession, in community associations, and otherwise.