Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons applies to all 338 elected Members of Parliament. It sets out certain obligations and prohibits certain activities that involve conflicts between private and public interests or have the potential to do so.
Please click on the following link to consult a Summary of Rules for Members of the House of Commons.
Please click on the links on the left to learn about the Code’s rules on specific topics.
To consult the text of the Code, please click on the following link:
Disclosure and public declaration rules for Members are outlined on the Reporting page.
To help Members comply with the Code, the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner issues advisory opinions that inform them about matters related to the Code. Advisory opinions set forth the Commissioner's interpretation of its provisions as they apply to specific cases. Authority to publish opinions for the guidance of Members is provided in subsection 26(4) of the Code.
While prevention is the major focus of the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, the Commissioner also applies the enforcement provisions of the Code as necessary. The Commissioner can investigate possible contraventions of the Code. The Commissioner is not empowered to impose sanctions under the Code, but may recommend sanctions in investigation reports when a contravention of the Code has been found.