When engaging in fundraising, whether for charitable, political or other purposes, public office holders and Members of the House of Commons must be mindful of their obligations under the
Conflict of Interest Act and the
Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons.
The Act contains one provision that explicitly addresses fundraising. Section 16 prohibits public office holders from personally soliciting funds from any person or organization if doing so would place them in a conflict of interest. The application of this rule is explained in an
information notice issued by the Commissioner.
There is no fundraising provision in the Code. However, a number of its provisions could apply to fundraising activities. Members of the House of Commons are invited to contact the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner if they have any questions.