Chief & Designated Officers

The chief officer is responsible for the administration of the Act within their organization, including developing internal procedures for receiving and investigating disclosures of wrongdoing from employees.  The chief officer is responsible for ensuring information about the Act and procedures for reporting wrongdoing are widely communicated to employees in their organization.  Chief officers also have a annual responsibility for preparing a report detailing the number of disclosures received and investigated.

A chief officer may appoint a designated officer who is responsible for receiving and investigating allegations of wrongdoing made by employees.

The outcome of investigations by a designated officer or by the Public Interest Commissioner are ultimately reported to the chief officer.  Chief officers are therefore accountable for implementing corrective measures when wrongdoing is found.  In doing so, they promote public confidence in the administration of their organization.

From a greater perspective, chief officers, as heads of their organization, set the cultural tone.  Chief officers are responsible for fostering an environment where employees are encouraged to come forward to report wrongdoing without fear of reprisal.


When developing procedural guidelines, there is no “one-size-fits-all” template. At the same time, public entities should consider certain elements when developing a disclosure policy. Visit the Establishing Procedures  page for tips, examples and resources to assist you in developing procedures.

Click here to download examples of whistleblower policies and procedural guidelines developed by public entities in Alberta.


Amendments to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act have been made.  Is your organization ready?  See here to learn more.


Making employees aware of the Act can be challenging.  Click here to learn how the Public Interest Commissioner can help.

Procedures Checklist

On this page you can download a best practices checklist to help your organization develop internal disclosure policies and procedures.


Some smaller public entities may wish to consider applying for a partial exemption from some provisions of the Act. Click here to learn more.

Notification of Change Form

To ensure efficient communication and assist our investigators and complainants, the Public Interest Commissioner maintains a list of chief and designated officers. Visit this section to complete a form that allows your organization to ensure we have your latest contact information.