The Corporation of the Town of Oakville (town) provides good government in an accountable and transparent manner by providing for a Closed Meeting Investigator in accordance with Section 239.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001.
In accordance with By-law 2008-050, Local Authority Services Ltd. (LAS) is appointed as the Town of Oakville’s Closed Meeting Investigator.
This procedure applies to Council and its Local Boards as defined under the Municipal Act, 2001.
For the purposes of Section 239.1 of the Municipal Act (Closed Meeting Investigations), local boards shall include the following:
- Business Improvement Area Boards of Management
- Site Plan Committee
- Committee of Adjustment
- Property Standards Committee
- Any other board, commission, committee, body or local authority established or exercising any power under any Act with respect to the affairs of purposes of the town, excluding a school board, conservation authority, public library board or police services board.
- All complaints shall be submitted to the Town Clerk on the form provided, accompanied by the relevant filing fee.
- Upon receipt, the Town Clerk shall forward the following documents to LAS or its Delegate, as appropriate:
- The original request for an investigation;
- A certified copy of the municipal procedure by-law and, if applicable, the procedure by-law for the local board;
- A certified copy of the municipal notice by-law and, if applicable, the notice by-law for the local board;
- A certified copy of the agenda with all relevant attachments relating to the meeting;
- A certified copy of the notice given for the meeting;
- A certified copy of the minutes of the meeting;
- A contact list for all members of the Council, local board or committee for which the request is made and for all persons present at the Meeting;
- Such other information or documentation that the Clerk of the Municipality deems relevant; and
- Such other information or documentation that LAS or the Delegate may from time to time deem relevant to the investigation.
- LAS or its Delegate, as appropriate, will conduct an initial investigation which may result in withdrawal of the complaint, after an initial discussion with the person filing, a decision not to proceed (with reason), or a decision to proceed with the investigation. Where the investigation does not proceed, the investigator will notify the parties and table a report with Council. In such instances, the filing fee shall not be considered for refund.
- Where the investigation does proceed, a Review officer acceptable to the municipality shall be assigned and the investigation performed. Members of Council, the local board and/or Staff shall make themselves available to provide information as deemed necessary in the course of the investigation.
- If circumstances warrant - ie. where there is an adverse decision towards the municipality, the municipality or local board shall be given formal hearing opportunity (pursuant to Section 18 of the Ombudsman Act).
- LAS or its delegate, as appropriate, will submit its final report to the Town Clerk who will ensure it is included on the agenda for the next regular scheduled Council meeting for consideration.
- Where the investigation addresses a local board, the final report shall be submitted to both Council and the local board for consideration.
- As part of its review of the Investigator’s report, Council shall determine whether the complaint was substantiated and whether the filing fee should be refunded to the applicant.
The Town Clerk shall be responsible for ensuring the above procedures are followed. Council shall be responsible for addressing and implementing any corrective actions resulting from adverse decisions of the Closed Meeting Investigator and for determining whether filing fees are to be refunded to the requester.