The Municipal Act
allows for any person to request that an investigation be undertaken respecting whether a municipality, local board, or a committee of either, has complied with the closed meeting rules contained within section 239 of the Act
Municipalities are able to appoint an Investigator for the purpose of examining these closed meeting complaints.
The LAS program is designed to offer an Investigator service that ensures:
Impartial, credible, confidential, and independent investigation processes
LAS offers this service because it is complementary to our existing program of providing services where value can be enhanced through group procurement, and because it helps our municipal members demonstrate that they are mature, accountable orders of government, capable of managing their own affairs.
To deliver this program, LAS has contracted a third party, Amberley Gavel Ltd. to provide all investigation services. Amberley Gavel maintains a roster of experienced and trained individuals located across Ontario to provide required investigative services at the most reasonable cost.
“The LAS program has provided the Town with access to a credible, independent, and professional investigation process that helps us ensure that we are operating in the most transparent fashion."
Town of Whitby
To appoint LAS a municipality need only:
Request a personalized agreement and model by-law from LAS
Have your Council pass a by-law authorizing the appointment of LAS
Execute the agreement and return to LAS along with the appointment by-law
T 416.971.9856 ext. 320