The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act covers about 415 distinct public entities, with more than 185,000 employees. If you are covered under the Act, you are entitled to seek advice at any time, even if you plan on reporting through your employer’s internal process.
MAKE A DISCLOSURE
Employees can disclose an allegation of wrongdoing or report a reprisal either through their employer’s internal disclosure procedure, or through the Public Interest Commissioner. If you choose to report directly to the Public Interest Commissioner, you can do so by filling out the form.
CAN I SEEK ADVICE OR MAKE A DISCLOSURE?
The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act covers about 415 distinct public entities, with more than 185,000 employees in the following categories:
- Provincial government departments;
- Offices of the Alberta Legislature;
- Provincial agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations with employees;
- Public sector health organizations, including Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health, and Calgary Lab Services;
- Post-secondary institutions;
- School boards, charter schools, and accredited private schools that receive public funding.
An employee is an individual employed by or who has suffered a reprisal and been terminated by an entity listed in the column to the left. This includes medical staff (a physician appointed by a public entity to admit, attend or treat, or who uses the resources of a public entity in respect of patients) and professional staff (a health practitioner regulated under a health profession statute and appointed by a public entity to admit, attend or treat, or who utilizes the resources of the public entity in respect of patients).
WHO CAN I TALK TO?
Employees can choose the path they follow when it comes to disclosing either a wrongdoing or a complaint of reprisal. An employee may wish to have their workplace handle the matter internally after consulting with their Designated Officer. Alternatively, the employee may choose to report their complaint of reprisal directly to the Public Interest Commissioner.
HOW AM I PROTECTED?
The Act gives employees in the Alberta public sector a clear process for voicing concerns about significant and serious wrongdoing, and provides protection from reprisal.
As an employee in any of these public entities, you are protected by the Act if you disclose an allegation of wrongdoing or suffer a reprisal, or threat of a reprisal, stemming from a disclosure of wrongdoing. The Act also protects employees who seek advice from either the Public Interest Commissioner or a public entity’s Designated Officer.
NEED MORE INFORMATION?
If you have any questions that are not addressed here, contact your workplace’s Chief Officer or Designated Officer, or contact the office of the Public Interest Commissioner directly at:
Toll-free (North America): 1-855-641-8659
Or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org