What is a wrongdoing?

  • A contravention of a law or regulation applicable in Québec;
  • A serious breach of the standards of ethics and professional conduct;
  • A misuse of funds or property belonging to a public body, including the funds or property it manages or holds for others;
  • Gross mismanagement within a public body, including an abuse of authority;
  • An act or omission that seriously compromises a person's health or safety or the environment;
  • Directing or counselling a person to commit a wrongdoing.


Examples of wrongdoing that can be investigated

  • The director of the public body where you work is in conflict of interest by repeatedly using public property (computer, phone, printer, etc.) for tasks related to commercial activities unconnected with his or her job.
  • A colleague uses a work vehicle for personal purposes.
  • A manager appoints employees without a competition, paperwork or proof that the appointments were based on merit.
  • A colleague falsifies financial statements.
  • In awarding grants, a manager favours a person or organization with which he or she has personal ties.
  • You bid for a contract and have strong suspicions that the manager in charge of the call for tenders gave a competitor privileged information.
  • Your director awards a contract to a consultant without a call for bids. The contract provides for honoraria five times higher than the salary that had been paid to the awardee's predecessor.
  • A student realizes that a professor is using research money for other purposes.
  • A CPE educator lied about her qualifications and you think that her lack of qualifications might jeopardize the children's safety.
  • A volunteer in a health institution or a parent on a school governing board witnesses the principal's abuse of authority with his or her employees. 
     
  • A wrongdoing that is the subject of court proceedings or that relates to decision rendered by a court;
  • A disclosure made for solely personal purposes and that is not in the public interest
  • Questioning of the merits of the policy and program objectives of the government or of a public body;
  • Questioning of the effectiveness, efficiency or merits of the strategies, policy directions and operations (related to investment, fund management or debt management) of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec et d’Investissement Québec.