Amended Political Activities Regulations (12-31)
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The Public Service Commission (PSC) recently amended the Political Activities Regulations (the Regulations) to improve their clarity and facilitate their application. They came into force on November 14, 2012. The amendments:
- Prescribe a 30-day time frame for the PSC to render a decision from the day it receives complete information from an employee requesting permission to seek nomination as, or be, a candidate in a federal, provincial, territorial or municipal election or for leave without pay (LWOP), if applicable;
- Identify the information a request for permission or LWOP must contain and indicate that the PSC could request any additional information it deems necessary to determine whether an employee’s candidacy-related political activities could impair, or could be perceived as impairing, their ability to perform their duties in a politically impartial manner;
- Allow for the submission of any allegations of improper political activity, regardless of the format in which they are submitted; and
- Clarify the terminology used in the Regulations for consistency between their English and French versions, with the terminology of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) as well as the respective enabling legislations of organizations whose employees are subject to Part 7 of the PSEA.
You will find attached a communiqué to employees regarding the amendments to the Regulations. Please ensure that it is communicated within your organization. Should you or your Designated Political Activities Representative require additional information or assistance with your communications efforts related to political activities, you may contact Kathy Nakamura, Director General, Political Activities and Non-Partisanship Directorate, at 613-995-1125.
I appreciate your continued commitment and support in ensuring a professional and non-partisan public service.
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