ETHICAL STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
FOR ELECTED LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Policy Document Adopted as Standing Policy by the
1981 Annual Convention of the Union of BC Municipalities
The proper operation of democratic local government requires that elected officials
be independent, impartial and duly responsible to the people. To this end, it is
• Government decisions and policy be made through the proper channels of
• Public office not be used for personal gain.
• The public have confidence in the integrity of its government.
Accordingly, it is the purpose of these standards of conduct to establish
recommended rules or guidelines for all local government elected officials in British
Columbia so that they may carry out their duties with impartiality and equality of
service to all, recognizing that the basic functions of elected local government
officials are, at all times, service to their community and the public.
To further these objectives, certain ethical principles should govern the conduct of
all elected local government officials in British Columbia in order that they shall
maintain the highest standards of conduct in public office and faithfully discharge
the duties of office without fear or favour.
Elected Local Government Officials shall:
• Declare to the Council or Board at the first opportunity their interests, or known
interests of any close relatives, in any enterprise which proposes to transact
business with their municipality or (if a Regional Director) regional district; not
vote on the matter; and should leave the place of the meeting during discussion
and vote on the subject.
• Declare to the Council or Board at the first opportunity their interests or the
known interests of any close relatives, in any property which is subject to a
rezoning proposal, development proposal, subdivision or any permit or other
consideration within their municipality or (if a Regional Director) regional
district; not vote on the matter; and leave the place of the meeting during
discussion and vote on the subject.
• Not use information designated confidential for the personal profit of themselves
or any other person.
• Not communicate information designated confidential to anyone not entitled to
receive the same.
• Not use their position to secure special privileges, favours or exemptions for
themselves, or any other person.
• Avoid any situations that could cause any person to believe that they may have
brought bias or partiality to a question before the Council or Regional Board.
• For a period of twelve (12) months after leaving office, abide by those ethical
standards of conduct listed above, except those related to confidential information
which shall apply in perpetuity.
Elected local government officials should not assume that any unethical activities
not covered by or specifically prohibited by these ethical standards of conduct, or by
any legislation, are therefore condoned.