How am I protected against reprisal?

The Act to facilitate the disclosure of wrongdoings relating to public bodies prohibits reprisal against a person who in good faith made a disclosure or cooperated in an audit or investigation further to a disclosure. Threatening or bullying someone to prevent them from making a disclosure or cooperating in an audit or investigation is also prohibited.

Reprisal is an offence. Anyone found guilty is liable to a fine ranging from $2,000 to $20,000. The fine can reach $10,000 to $250,000 for businesses, associations or legal persons.

Note that if you speak out about a wrongdoing publicly or through the media, the Act will not protect you against reprisal, unless the situation is urgent and under certain conditions. See the How am I protected? section for more details.