Event: The Role of Municipal Accountability Officers in Local Government

The Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance is hosting an event on March 28th on the role of municipal accountability officers in fostering local transparency and accountability. See below for the description the event. You can register here.

About this event: 

Municipal governments in Canada are held to account by elections and, to a lesser extent, by the courts. But these are blunt instruments and they are not of much help in dealing with cases of poor administration, individual grievances, or unethical behaviour. In response, many municipal governments have established independent accountability officers:  auditors-general, ombudsmen, lobbyist registrars, closed-meeting investigators, and integrity commissioners. While these roles are important, providing these officers with more authority will not necessarily solve all local governance problems.

On March 28, 2017, Andrew Sancton, one of Canada’s foremost authorities on municipal government, will explore the role of accountability officers in Canadian municipal government, highlighting both their accomplishments and the challenges they face.


Andrew Sancton is professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Canadian Local Government: An Urban Perspective, 2nd edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015).



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