Section 31 of the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act (the Act) requires the Public Interest Commissioner to publish a list of agencies who have been granted an exemption. No agencies have received a full exemption from the provisions of the Act; however, due to the small size of some entities (seven or fewer employees) it has become reasonable to allow some agencies relief in complying with sections 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 of the Act. This has been termed a partial exemption.
A partial exemption means these agencies are not required to identify a Designated Officer and establish and maintain comprehensive procedures relative to disclosures of wrongdoing and complaints of reprisal. Employees of these entities come directly to the Public Interest Commissioner for disclosures of wrongdoing or complaints of reprisal, rather than being required to report internally. All other aspects of the Act still apply. For more information concerning partial exemptions, please click here.
FISCAL YEAR 2013 – 14
There were no partial or full exemptions requested or granted during this period.
FISCAL YEAR 2014 – 15
There was one partial exemption requested and granted to a jurisdictional entity:
Morinville Christian School
FISCAL YEAR 2015 – 16
The following jurisdictional entities have requested and been granted partial exemptions this fiscal year:
Calgary German Language School Society