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Privacy Policy

At Mental Health Commission of Canada ("MHCC") we are committed to maintaining the accuracy, confidentiality and security of your personal information.  This Privacy Policy describes the personal information that MHCC collects from or about you, how we use and to whom we disclose that information.

MHCC has developed a series of documents in order to address the specific privacy concerns of certain groupings of individuals.  This Privacy Policy applies to the personal information of all individuals, unless the personal information is related to our website or is related to an individual who seeks to be, is or was employed by MHCC.  Such information is dealt with in the MHCC "Website Privacy Policy" or "Employee Privacy Policy", as the case may be. 

If you are unsure of which Privacy Policy applies to you, please contact our Privacy Officer for more information. 

Privacy Policy Effective for Canada

It is MHCC's policy to comply with the privacy legislation within each jurisdiction in which we operate.  Sometimes the privacy legislation and / or an individual's right to privacy are different from one jurisdiction to another.  This Privacy Policy covers only those activities that are subject to the provisions of Canada's federal and provincial privacy laws, as applicable. 

This Privacy Policy has a limited scope and application.  Consequently, the rights and obligations contained in this Privacy Policy may not be available to all individuals or in all jurisdictions.  If you are unsure if or how this Privacy Policy applies to you, please contact our Privacy Officer for more information. 

What is Personal Information?

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, personal information is any information about an identifiable individual, other than the person's business title or business contact information when used or disclosed for the purpose of business communications. 

What Personal Information Do We Collect?

We collect and maintain different types of personal information in respect of the individuals with whom we interact.  This includes:

  • contact and identification information, such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address;
  • product and service related information concerning the products and services that we provide to, or receive from, you;
  • credit and financial information such as your payment preferences; and
  • business relationship information, including information related to your agreements, preferences, advisors and decision-makers, feed-back and information requested by or provided to you.

We may also collect market-related information, which may include personal information, concerning market trends and activities impacting our business.  This information may include contract terms, financial information and other information for the purpose of market analysis and strategic planning.  We may also collect information related to our media, investor and public relations activities and information related to our interactions with financial and other analysts and advisors. 

As a general rule, MHCC collects personal information directly from you.  In most circumstances where the personal information that we collect about you is held by a third party, we will obtain your permission before we seek out this information from such sources (such permission may be given directly by you, or implied from your actions).

From time to time, we may utilize the services of third parties in our business and may also receive personal information collected by those third parties in the course of the performance of their services for us or otherwise.  Where this is the case, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that such third parties have represented to us that they have the right to disclose your personal information to us. 

Where permitted or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements, we may collect information about you without your knowledge or consent.

Why Do We Collect Personal Information?

MHCC collects personal information to enable us to manage, maintain, and develop our business and operations, including:

  • to establish, maintain and manage our relationship with you so that we may provide you with, or receive from you, the products and services that have been requested;
  • to be able to review the products and services that we provide to you so that we may understand your requirements for our products and services and so that we may work to improve our products and services;
  • to be able to review the products and services that we obtain from you so that we may work with you and so that you may understand our requirements for such products and services;
  • to be able to comply with your requests (for example, if you prefer to be contacted at a business or residential telephone number and advise us of your preference, we will use this information to contact you at that number);
  • to protect us against error, fraud, theft and damage to our goods and property;
  • to enable us to comply with applicable law or regulatory process; and
  • any other reasonable purpose to which you consent.

How Do We Use and Disclose Your Personal Information?

We may use or disclose your personal information:

  • for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy; or
  • for any  additional purposes for which we have obtained your consent to the use or disclosure of  your personal information.

We may use or disclose your personal information without your knowledge or consent where we are permitted or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements to do so. 

When do we Disclose Your Personal Information?

We may share your personal information with our employees, contractors, consultants and other parties who require such information to assist us with managing our relationship with you, including: third parties that provide services to us or on our behalf; third parties that assist MHCC in the provision of services to you; and third parties whose services we use to conduct our business.

In addition, personal information may be disclosed or transferred to another party during the course of, or completion of, a change in ownership of or the grant of a security interest in, all or a part of MHCC or its affiliates through, for example, an asset or share sale, or some other form of business combination, merger or joint venture, provided that such party is bound by appropriate agreements or obligations and required to use or disclose your personal information in a manner consistent with the use and disclosure provisions of this Privacy Policy, unless you consent otherwise.

Further, your personal information may be disclosed:

  • as permitted or required by applicable law or regulatory requirements;
  • to comply with valid legal processes such as search warrants, subpoenas or court orders;
  • as part of MHCC's regular reporting activities to its affiliates;
  • to protect the rights and property of MHCC;
  • during emergency situations or where necessary to protect the safety of a person or group;
  • where the personal information is publicly available; or with your consent.

Your Consent is Important to Us

It is important to us that we collect, use or disclose your personal information where we have your consent to do so.  Depending on the sensitivity of the personal information, your consent may be implied, deemed (using an opt-out mechanism) or express.  Express consent can be given orally, electronically or in writing.  Implied consent is consent that can reasonably be inferred from your action or inaction.  For example, when you enter into an agreement with us, we will assume your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for purposes related to the performance of that agreement and for any other purposes identified to you at the relevant time.

Typically, we will seek your consent at the time that we collect your personal information.  In certain circumstances, your consent may be obtained after collection but prior to our use or disclosure of your personal information.  If we plan to use or disclose your personal information for a purpose not previously identified (either in this Privacy Policy or separately), we will endeavor to advise you of that purpose before such use or disclosure.

As we have described above, we may collect, use or disclose your personal information without your knowledge or consent where we are permitted or required to do so by applicable law or regulatory requirements. 


You may change or withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual obligations and reasonable notice, by contacting our Privacy Officer using the contact information set out below.  All communications with respect to such withdrawal or variation of consent should be in writing and addressed to our Privacy Officer.

We assume that, unless you advise us otherwise, you have consented to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as explained in this Privacy Policy. 

How is Your Personal Information Protected?

MHCC endeavors to maintain physical, technical and procedural safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information in question.  These safeguards are designed to prevent your personal information from loss and unauthorized access, copying, use, modification or disclosure.

Updating Your Personal Information

It is important that the information contained in our records is both accurate and current.  If your personal information happens to change during the course of our relationship, please keep us informed of such changes.

In some circumstances we may not agree with your request to change your personal information and will instead append an alternative text to the record in question.

Access to Your Personal Information

You can ask to see your personal information.  If you want to review, verify or correct your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer.  Please note that any such communication must be in writing.  

When requesting access to your personal information, please note that we may request specific information from you to enable us to confirm your identity and right to access, as well as to search for and provide you with the personal information that we hold about you.  We may charge you a fee to access your personal information; however, we will advise you of any fee in advance.  If you require assistance in preparing your request, please contact the office of our Privacy Officer.

Your right to access the personal information that we hold about you is not absolute.  There are instances where applicable law or regulatory requirements allow or require us to refuse to provide some or all of the personal information that we hold about you.  In addition, the personal information may have been destroyed, erased or made anonymous in accordance with our record retention obligations and practices.

In the event that we cannot provide you with access to your personal information, we will endeavor to inform you of the reasons why, subject to any legal or regulatory restrictions.

Inquiries or Concerns? 

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or concerns about how we manage your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer by telephone, in writing or by e-mail.  We will endeavor to answer your questions and advise you of any steps taken to address the issues raised by you.  If you are dissatisfied with our response, you may be entitled to make a written submission to the Privacy Commissioner in your jurisdiction.

Privacy Officer

We have appointed a Privacy Officer to oversee compliance with this Privacy Policy. The contact information for our Privacy Officer is as follows: 

Privacy Officer,

Revisions to this Privacy Policy

MHCC from time to time, may make changes to this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in its legal or regulatory obligations or in the manner in which we deal with your personal information.  We will post any revised version of this Privacy Policy on our website and we encourage you to refer back to it on a regular basis.  This Privacy Policy was last updated on October 21, 2010.

Interpretation of this Privacy Policy

Any interpretation associated with this Privacy Policy will be made by our Privacy Officer.  This Privacy Policy includes examples but is not intended to be restricted in its application to such examples, therefore where the word 'including' is used, it shall mean 'including without limitation'.

This Privacy Policy does not create or confer upon any individual any rights, or impose upon MHCC any rights or obligations outside of, or in addition to, any rights or obligations imposed by Canada's federal and provincial privacy laws, as applicable. Should there be, in a specific case, any inconsistency between this Privacy Policy and Canada's federal and provincial privacy laws, as applicable, this Privacy Policy shall be interpreted, in respect of that case, to give effect to, and comply with, such privacy laws.

Terms of Use


This Web site is owned and operated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada ("MHCC").  Access and use of this Web site is provided by MHCC to you on condition that you accept these Terms of Use, and by accessing or using this Web site, you agree to these Terms of Use.  If you do not agree to accept and abide by these Terms of Use you should not access or use this Web site. 

MHCC may revise and update these Terms of Use at anytime and without notice. You are cautioned to review the Terms of Use posted on the Web site periodically.  Your continued access or use of this Web site after any such changes are posted will constitute your acceptance of these changes.

You may not interfere with the security of, or otherwise abuse this Web site or any system resources, services or networks connected to or accessible through this Web site.  You may only use this Web site for lawful purposes.

We strive to ensure that visitors to have the best possible experience on our website. However, we recognize that it is impossible to develop applications that work identically, efficiently and effectively on all web browsers.

The MHCC website is optimized to function best using Mozilla Firefox, Chrome and any other current web browser.

Mobile Devices and Tablets

This site supports browsing from a mobile or tablet device. Content is sized and displayed based on the screen resolution and other display attributes of your device. Content is served formatted specifically for these devices.

Visit the links below to download the latest version of your favourite browser:

Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome

Information Purposes Only


The Materials are provided for informational purposes only. The Materials do not and are not intended to replace medical consultations or to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.  Always seek appropriate medical advice with your personal medical and health questions.  DO NOT ignore or dismiss appropriate medical advice due to your interpretation or understanding of the Materials.  Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing a medical emergency. 

Intellectual Property

All materials (including the organization and presentation of such material) on this Web site (the "Materials") are the property of MHCC and its licensors and may be protected by intellectual property laws including laws relating to copyrights, trade-marks, trade-names, internet domain names and other similar rights. 

The Materials may only be used and copied for your own, non-commercial, personal or educational purposes, provided that the Materials are not modified and that copyright and other intellectual property notices are not deleted.  You may not create derivative works from or otherwise exploit the Materials in any way.  Unless you have entered into a separate agreement with MHCC, any other use of these Materials without MHCC's written permission is prohibited.

© (2013) Mental Health Commission of Canada.  All rights reserved.

Currency of Web site

MHCC updates the information on this Web site periodically. However, MHCC cannot guarantee or accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information on this Web site. MHCC may revise, supplement or delete information, services and/or the resources contained in this Web site and reserves the right to make such changes without prior notification to past, current or prospective visitors.

Linked Web sites

The Collaborative Spaces within the MHCC Web site may provide links to third party Web sites for your convenience only.  The inclusion of these links does not imply that MHCC monitors or endorses these Web sites. MHCC does not accept any responsibility for such Web sites.  MHCC shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss, caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or the reliance upon any information, content, goods or services available on or through any third party Web sites or linked resources.

Internet software or computer viruses

Due to technical difficulties with the Internet, Internet software or transmission problems could produce inaccurate or incomplete copies of information contained on this Web site. Computer viruses or other destructive programs may also be inadvertently downloaded from this Web site.

MHCC shall not be responsible or liable for any software, computer viruses or other destructive, harmful or disruptive files or programs that may infect or otherwise impact your use of your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing on this Web site or your downloading of any of the Materials from this Web site.  MHCC recommends that you install appropriate anti-virus or other protective software.

Web Site and Materials Provided "As Is"


Limitation of liability






You agree to indemnify and hold MHCC harmless against all claims or liability asserted against MHCC arising out of or in connection with any breach by you or anyone acting on your behalf of any of these Terms of Use.


Feel free to email MHCC at However, the Internet is not a fully secure medium and any communication may be lost, intercepted or altered.  MHCC is not liable for any damages related to communications to or from this Web site.  You agree with respect to any information provided by you to us through this Web site or via e-mail that:

  • MHCC has no obligation concerning such information;
  • the information is non-confidential;
  • MHCC may use, disclose, distribute or copy the information and may use any ideas, concepts or know-how contained in the information for any purpose; and
  • the information is truthful and disclosure of the information does not violate the legal rights of others.

Applicable law

This Web site is controlled, operated and administered by MHCC from within the Province of Alberta, Canada.  This Web site can be accessed from all provinces and territories of Canada, as well as from other countries around the world.  As each of these jurisdictions has laws that may differ from those of the Province of Alberta, by accessing this Web site, you acknowledge and agree that all matters relating to access to or use of this Web site shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Alberta and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein (without reference to conflicts of laws principles).

You also agree that any claims or disputes whatsoever arising hereunder shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the Province of Alberta and acknowledge that you do so voluntarily.


MHCC 's failure to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Terms of Use shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.

If any provision or part thereof of these Terms of Use is wholly or partially unenforceable the parties or, in the event the parties are unable to agree, a court of competent jurisdiction, shall put in place thereof an enforceable provision or provisions, or part thereof, that as nearly as possible reflects the terms of the unenforceable provision or part thereof.

Third parties, including Facebook, may use cookies, web beacons, and other storage technologies to collect or receive information from the MHCC websites and elsewhere on the internet and use that information to provide measurement services and target ads. You can opt-out of this information collection at any time by visiting:

Acceptable Use Policy

This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our website http:// This acceptable use policy applies to all users of, and visitors to, our site.

Your use of our site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our terms of website use.

http:// is a site operated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada ("We").  We are registered in the Province of Alberta in Canada at the registered office at Suite 320, 110 Quarry Park Blvd SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Prohibited uses

You may use our site only for lawful purposes.  You may not use our site:

  • In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.
  • In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.
  • For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.
  • To send, knowingly receive, upload, download, use or re-use any material which does not comply with our content standards.
  • To transmit, or procure the sending of, any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional material or any other form of similar solicitation (spam).
  • To knowingly transmit any data, send or upload any material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time-bombs, keystroke loggers, spyware, adware or any other harmful programs or similar computer code designed to adversely affect the operation of any computer software or hardware.

You also agree:

  • Not to reproduce, duplicate, copy or re-sell any part of our site in contravention of the provisions of our terms of website use.
  • Not to access without authority, interfere with, damage or disrupt:
  • any part of our site;
  • any equipment or network on which our site is stored;
  • any software used in the provision of our site; or
  • any equipment or network or software owned or used by any third party.

Interactive services

We may from time to time provide interactive services on our site, including, without limitation:

  • Online Collaborative Spaces;
  • Social Media Forums  (including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube).
  • Other interactive services.

Where we do provide any interactive service, we will provide clear information to you about the kind of service offered, if it is moderated and what form of moderation is used (including whether it is human or technical).

We will do our best to assess any possible risks for users (and in particular, for children) from third parties when they use any interactive service provided on our site, and we will decide in each case whether it is appropriate to use moderation of the relevant service (including what kind of moderation to use) in the light of those risks. However, we are under no obligation to oversee, monitor or moderate any interactive service we provide on our site, and we expressly exclude our liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of any interactive service by a user in contravention of our content standards, whether the service is moderated or not.

The use of any of our interactive services by a minor is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. We advise parents who permit their children to use an interactive service that it is important that they communicate with their children about their safety online, as moderation is not foolproof. Minors who are using any interactive service should be made aware of the potential risks to them.

Where we do moderate an interactive service, we will normally provide you with a means of contacting the moderator, should a concern or difficulty arise.

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it. All contributions are publicly accessible unless otherwise stated.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

  • Be accurate (where they state facts).
  • Be genuinely held (where they state opinions).
  • Comply with applicable law in Canada and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

  • Contain any material which is defamatory of any person.
  • Contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory.
  • Promote sexually explicit material.
  • Promote violence.
  • Promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • Infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person.
  • Be likely to deceive any person.
  • Be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence.
  • Promote any illegal activity.
  • Be threatening, abuse or invade another´s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.
  • Be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person.
  • Be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person.
  • Give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case.
  • Advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Suspension and termination

We will determine, in our discretion, whether there has been a breach of this acceptable use policy through your use of our site.  When a breach of this policy has occurred, we may take such action as we deem appropriate.

Failure to comply with this acceptable use policy constitutes a material breach of the terms of website use upon which you are permitted to use our site, and may result in our taking all or any of the following actions:

  • Immediate, temporary or permanent withdrawal of your right to use our site.
  • Immediate, temporary or permanent removal of any posting or material uploaded by you to our site.
  • Issue of a warning to you.
  • Legal proceedings against you for reimbursement of all costs on an indemnity basis (including, but not limited to, reasonable administrative and legal costs) resulting from the breach.
  • Further legal action against you.
  • Disclosure of such information to law enforcement authorities as we reasonably feel is necessary.

We exclude liability for actions taken in response to breaches of this acceptable use policy.  The responses described in this policy are not limited, and we may take any other action we reasonably deem appropriate.

Changes to the acceptable use policy

We may revise this acceptable use policy at any time by amending this page. You are expected to check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we make, as they are legally binding on you. Some of the provisions contained in this acceptable use policy may also be superseded by provisions or notices published elsewhere on our site.


Conflict Of Interest Policy For Commission Employees

The purpose of this policy is to:
  1. Assist employees in recognizing and managing any conflicts between their private interests and professional duties;
  2. Facilitate ethical decision making across the Commission;
  3. Support MHCC’s integrity and enhance public confidence;
  4. Provide for the implementation of this Policy through transparent procedures that support employees in identifying, mitigating and managing conflict of interest situations effectively and efficiently and;
For the purposes of this policy, "Employee" means any person who is a full-time, part-time or term employee, employees on leave or without pay, employees hired on a secondment interchange agreement, temporary workers, contractors, volunteers or students.
Definitions and Interpretations
A conflict of interest situation is one in which an Employee has a private, personal, professional or vested interest sufficient to influence the objective exercise of his or her duties at the Commission. If a person has a private interest that differs from his or her professional obligation to the organization, then the person is in a conflict of interest situation.
Conflicts of interest might be actual or perceived. An actual conflict of interest occurs when advice given or an action taken has a direct and predictable impact on a private interest. A perceived conflict of interest exists when advice given or an action taken may have an impact on a private interest in the future.
STATEMENT OF POLICY AND PROCEDURE - Conflict of Interest Policy for Commission Employees
Examples of circumstances that can give rise to a conflict of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Involvement in business activities that conflict with the Commission or its interests in any way or association with businesses that may benefit from decisions of the Commission;
  • Use of any confidential information for personal benefit. Note: broader issues of confidentiality are addressed in the Code of Conduct;
  • Attempt to influence Commission policies or decisions for personal benefit or the benefit of a third party;
  • Using association with the Commission to gain, or attempt to gain, any personal benefit or benefit for family, or friends;
  • Providing advice that will impact other organizations or associations with which the Employee is involved.
General Conflict of Interest Provisions
Employees shall not:
1. Engage in outside work or business undertakings that are likely to result in a conflict of interest:
  • that interferes with their abilities to perform their duties and responsibilities with the Commission,
  • in which an advantage is derived from their responsibilities with the Commission,
  • in a professional capacity that will, or is likely to influence or affect the carrying out of their duties in their position with the Commission, or that involves the use of the Commission's premises, equipment or supplies other than
  • for the Commission's business, unless specifically authorized by the Commission.
2. Use, or seek to use their positions in the Commission to:
  • gain direct or indirect benefit for themselves or their spouses or children;
  • solicit or accept favours or economic benefits from any individuals, organizations or entities known to be seeking business or contracts with the Commission;
  • favour any person, organization or business entity.
3. Disclose any confidential information about any of the Commission's undertakings acquired in the performing of their duties for the Commission, to any person or organization not authorized by law or by the Commission to have such information; benefit directly or indirectly in return for or in consideration for revealing confidential information; or use confidential information in any private undertaking in which they are involved.
  • Accept gifts, hospitality or other benefits that could influence their judgment and performance of duties, other than incidental gifts, hospitality or benefits that are a common expression of courtesy within the normal standards of hospitality, do not cause suspicion about the objectivity or impartiality about the Employees, and would not compromise the integrity of the Commission. Where Employees cannot refuse an unauthorized gift, hospitality or other benefit, it must be reported forthwith to their supervisor or a Commission executive, who may require the gift be held by the Commission.
  • Grant preferential treatment in relation to any official Commission matter to any person, organization, family member or friend, or to any organization in which the Commission officially has an interest.
  • Hire or contract with members of their immediate family including their spouse, parents, children or siblings, or occupy a position where one immediate family member reports directly to another.
All Employees, as a condition of employment, are required to sign acknowledging that they have received, read and understood this policy and to report any actual or perceived conflict immediately to their Supervisor. In addition, Employees must report to their direct supervisor any conflicts that may arise subsequently.
Disclosure Procedures:

a) Employees Duty to Disclose

All Employees who have reasonable grounds to believe that they have a conflict of interest have a duty to disclose any situation that may be an actual or perceived conflict of interest between the private interests of the Employee and the interests of the Commission. If Employees are uncertain whether a conflict of interest exists, they must err on the side of disclosure.
Where Employees are concerned that they may be placing themselves in a perceived conflict of interest situation they should immediately discuss the situation with their direct supervisor.
b) Where such actual or perceived conflict of interest is confirmed then:
In the event that an actual or perceived conflict of interest is confirmed by an employee’s supervisor, the supervisor must disclose in writing to the area Vice President, or if not applicable, to the President and CEO, along with recommended procedures to remove the Employee from the actual or perceived conflict of interest. Approval of appropriate procedures by the area Vice President or President and CEO shall also be provided in writing.
c) Role and Responsibility of the Vice President and President and CEO
The area Vice President or President and CEO have the authority to deal with the conflict of interest issues of Employees by reviewing and/or investigating a conflict of interest situation; deciding whether an actual or perceived conflict of interest situation will result or has resulted in the Employee contravening or failing to comply with the conflict of interest provisions.
If the area Vice President or President and CEO determine that the Employee has or will be in a position that he or she will contravene or fail to comply with the conflict of interest provisions, the area Vice President or President and CEO may take such actions as he or she considers appropriate in the circumstances, including:
  • requiring that the identified activity be modified, curtailed or stopped;
  • transferring the Employee to another position or assign other duties;
  • temporarily relieving the Employee from the duties that resulted in the conflict of interest situation.
  • undertaking progressive disciplinary process up to termination of employment of the Employee and/or accepting his or her resignation.
Implementation of the Policy
  1. Responsibility for identifying and disclosing conflicts of interest rests with individual Employees.
  2. Employees are required to sign a one-time declaration to report any actual or perceivedconflicts of interest on a form prepared for that purpose. In addition, Employees must report to their respective Supervisor any conflicts that arise subsequently.
  3. The Chief Financial Officer is available to provide advice to the Executive Leadership Team, the President and CEO and other supervisors on conflict of interest matters.
  4. Implementation of the policy will be monitored by the Chief Financial Officer and will be reviewed periodically by the Finance Department.

Code Of Conduct


The Mental Health Commission of Canada is committed to conducting all of its activities diligently, openly, honestly, with respect and in good faith to the highest ethical standards. This commitment applies not only to the Board, management and staff of the Commission but also extends to those who provide advice to the Commission through the Commission’s advisory committees and contractors who provide services to the Commission.
This Code of Conduct has been approved by the Commission’s Board of Directors to provide guiding principles and practices for all individuals associated with the Commission. The intent is to enable these individuals to carry out their work and/or provide advice in the best interests of the Commission within an environment that fosters integrity, transparency and respect. This Code of Conduct provides guidelines that allow people associated with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to contribute to the objectives of the organization with a clear understanding of expectations concerning their conduct.
The Code of Conduct cannot replace personal integrity, nor can it be a substitute for the sense of honesty, fairness, understanding, judgment and decency which are the foundation of respectful and productive relationships. This Code of Conduct is thus to be considered as descriptive of the type of behaviour required in particular circumstances. This Code of Conduct does not describe all those circumstances where behaviour must conform to these general standards.
This Code of Conduct identifies several policies of the Commission, which should be referenced if more information on the Commission’s approach in these specific areas is required.
Interests of Canadians with Mental Health Illness
Recommendations and advice provided to the Commission will advance its mission of improving the lives of Canadians with mental health illness.
Integrity and Public Scrutiny
Individuals shall perform their duties for the Commission in a manner that will withstand the closest public scrutiny, an obligation that goes beyond simply acting within the law.
Respect for People
Individuals shall treat others with respect and courtesy. They may not discriminate against anyone on the basis of their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, creed, age, marital or family status or disability.
Openness and Transparency
Individuals should be as open as possible about all actions that they take and advice that they provide.
Individuals must use Commission funds and property in a responsible and lawful manner and must not make personal use of property or facilities of the Commission unless properly authorized to do so.
Individuals accept accountability to the Commission for their compliance with this Code of Conduct and for their advice and actions as they relate to the work of the Commission.
This Code of Conduct applies to the Board of Directors, members of the Commission’s advisory committees, Commission employees, students, volunteers and contractors who provide services and advice to the Commission.
Conflict of Interest
All individuals must avoid actual or potential conflicts of interest concerning the Commission and must comply with the Commission’s conflict of interest policies (Conflict of Interest—Board of Directors; Conflict of Interest—Advisory Committee Members; Conflict of Interest—Employees). Individuals shall be responsible for ensuring that they are not in a conflict of interest situation between their duties to the Commission and outside or private interests.
Individuals must not act in a supervisory capacity with respect to decisions (including hiring or contracting decisions) that pertain to an immediate family member. Individuals will immediately disclose actual or potential conflicts in accordance with the applicable conflict of interest policy.
Compliance with Laws and Regulation
All individuals acting on behalf of the Commission shall comply with both the letter and the spirit of all applicable laws and regulatory requirements, and shall avoid engaging in any conduct that, even where legally permissible, is inconsistent with the ethical principles to which the Commission subscribes.
Confidentiality and Privacy of Information
Information relating to the Commission must be treated in accordance with the Commission’s Personal Information Protection Policy and Access to General Records Policy and related procedures.
All individuals shall maintain the confidentiality of all non-public information entrusted to them about the Commission, its business and affairs as well as any other information about the Commission that comes to them from whatever source and shall make no use of it other than to further the Commission’s interests except where disclosure is authorized by the Commission or is mandated legally.
The Commission’s policy is to be open with and accountable to the public concerning general information held by the Commission. At the same time, the Commission is accountable for maintaining the confidentiality of sensitive information provided to the Commission in the course of its activities. All Directors, advisory committee members, employees and contractors shall make use of information in the Commission’s interest only and not in their own interests. Confidential information must not be released when:
  • the release violates an individual’s right to privacy,
  • the record is subject to a legally recognized privilege,
  • the record was received in confidence from a third party,
  • the record reveals confidential discussions or business information of the Board or its committees, or
  • the release compromises protection needed against loss or harm.
Communications and Media Relations
Formal communications and decisions to publish Commission material remain the responsibility of the Commission, coordinated through the Director of Communications. The Chair and the President are the authorized spokespersons for the Commission. Neither Directors, nor advisory committee members, nor employees may publish material or speak on behalf of the Commission without authorization. In such instances where authorization has not been granted, any material, representation, communication and related commentary shall not be construed as an endorsement or direct reflection of those opinions held by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
The Commission also retains responsibility for media contacts and media relations. If an individual is requested to act as spokesperson for the Commission, the individual must reflect the work, decisions and positions of the Commission accurately and positively. Instances whereby an individual is commenting about the Commission and not acting in an official capacity shall be construed as not representing the opinions of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and shall in no way be seen as an endorsement of any such material, communications or commentary.
Reliability of Advice
To the extent possible, advice should be based on valid and reliable research. When research is incomplete, inconclusive, or contradictory, the range of findings should be reviewed, and weighed, and evidence-informed advice on interpreting the research should be provided. Where appropriate, research being undertaken on behalf of the Commission should be subject to peer review and other appropriate reviews to ensure that the research is reliable and valid.
Intellectual Property and Proprietary Information
Research and other material developed on behalf of the Commission are the property of the Commission. Decisions to release draft or final versions of Commission documents rest with the Commission.
When intellectual property of other organizations and individuals is used to inform the work of the Commission, these should be used with appropriate permission and be properly acknowledged.
Accurate Records
The Commission’s books and records shall be maintained with integrity, reflecting in an accurate and timely manner all transactions relating to its operations and activities.
Work Environment
Everyone associated with the Commission should conduct themselves with the highest standards of honesty and integrity. The Commission is committed to respect, fairness and non-discrimination in the work environment. No one may discriminate against co-workers, clients, colleagues or anyone else in the course of their duties for the Commission on the basis of their race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, creed, age, marital or family status or disability. No one will engage in harassment or violence against any other individuals in the performance of their duties for the Commission.
The Commission is committed to fair employment practices. The Commission recognizes the value of training and ongoing development for its employees. Employees are expected to keep up to date with advances and changes in their areas of expertise and look for ways to improve their performance.
The Commission is committed to taking reasonable precautions to provide a healthy and safe work environment for all employees and others working at or for the Commission. Individuals will take reasonable care to ensure their own health and safety at work and avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of others.
Preferential Treatment
Procurement of goods and services will be undertaken in compliance with the Commission’s procurement policy.
Individuals will not allow any financial or other obligation or benefit to themselves, other individuals, their family, friends or any institutions or organizations they are associated with to influence them in the performance of their duties for the Commission.
Gifts and Benefits
No one will solicit or accept gifts from individuals or organizations who deal with the Commission where any such gift has more than a nominal value or where acceptance of the gifts could create the appearance of a conflict of interest.
No one will invest or acquire a financial interest directly or indirectly in any organization, if that might influence or create the impression of influencing the individual’s actions or decisions on behalf of the Commission.
Use of Commission Assets and Technology
The Commission’s electronic communications systems (including the internet, intranet, extranet, email and telephones) are the property of the Commission or its contracted suppliers and should be used for the Commission’s business purposes and should not be used for anything other than officially approved activities.
No one will use directly or indirectly, or allow the use of, Commission assets or property of any kind for anything other than officially approved activities.
Activities after Leaving
After their appointment, employment, secondment or association with the Commission has expired or has been terminated, individuals will not take improper advantage of their previous office and must maintain confidentiality with respect to the non-public information of the Commission.
Implementation of the Code of Conduct
It is important that the Code of Conduct is a living document which guides the behaviours of Commission over time. For this reason, it is necessary to have ongoing processes to ensure that everyone is familiar with the Code of Conduct and is aware of how it is implemented. The Code of Conduct will be monitored and revised as necessary to reflect the Commission’s development over time.
Implementation of the Code of Conduct starts with the leadership of the Commission. The Chair of the Commission, Advisory Committee chairs and the President and senior executives all play a critical role in promoting the principles of the Code of Conduct.
The President of the Commission has overall responsibility for implementation of the Code of Conduct. On a day-to-day basis, the Chief Finance and Administrative Officer will be responsible for its administration. He/she will be available to answer any questions that may arise on the Code of Conduct and provide advice on its application.
Distribution and Education
The Code of Conduct will be distributed to all Directors, members of advisory committees and employees. It will also be posted on an internal website to provide ready reference to the Code of Conduct and all supporting documents.
The Code of Conduct (without this Implementation section) will also be posted on the external website of the Commission. This provides a public statement of the values of the organization and makes it readily available to contractors and others who interact with the Commission.
When new Directors, advisory committee members and employees are appointed, the Code of Conduct and related policies will be part of the orientation package. The Chair of the Commission will review the Code of Conduct with new Directors, the chairs of advisory committees will review it with new advisory committee members, and the appropriate Commission executive will review it with new employees as part of the orientation to the Commission.
All Directors, members of Board committees (including any non-Directors), members of advisory committees and employees of the Commission will be asked to sign a declaration indicating that they have received the Code of Conduct, understand it, and commit to complying with it. The declaration will explicitly address conflicts of interest. Employees are required to sign the declaration as a condition of employment. When the Code of Conduct is significantly revised, everyone will be asked to sign off on the update.
Agreements with contractors providing services to the Commission will include a provision requiring them to comply with the Code of Conduct. They will not sign the declaration.
Compliance and Reporting
Full compliance with this Policy is expected of all Employees, Board of Directors members, advisory committee members and contractors. If you become aware of a contravention of the Code of Conduct, you must report the facts promptly to you Supervisor, Chair, advisory committee chair, or to a higher authority. All reports will be kept confidential, except to the extent necessary for appropriate review and action.
  • Breaches of the Code will be dealt with promptly after an investigation has been undertaken. The investigation will include an opportunity for the Employee\Member who has allegedly breached a term of the Code to explain his or her position.
  • In the event that, after an investigation, it has been determined that a breach of the Code exists, a decision will be made as to what appropriate discipline must be imposed and such discipline could include, but is not limited to, immediate termination.
  • If you are concerned that some action that you are about to take may breach the Code, speak to your Supervisor and obtain an opinion in writing as to whether such action would or would not constitute a breach.
  • If you suspect that a breach of the Code exists, contact your immediate Supervisor or Chair and identify same.
  • Be vigilant, act promptly and you will most probably avoid any possible conflict with the Code.
Monitoring and Review
Formal monitoring of the Code of Conduct demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the Board and senior executives to it.
The Code of Conduct will be reviewed by the Governance and Nominating Committee one year after its approval to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the Commission. Thereafter, a periodic review and revision of the Code of Conduct will be undertaken at the request of the Board.

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