The Act applies to provincial government departments, offices of the Legislature and to public entities. Public entities include any agency, board, commission, provincial corporation, or other entity designated in the Regulations.
The purposes of the Act are to:
- Facilitate the disclosure and investigation of significant and serious matters an employee believes may be unlawful, dangerous or injurious to the public interest;
- Protect employees who make a disclosure;
- Manage, investigate and make recommendations respecting disclosures or wrongdoings and reprisals; and
- Promote public confidence in the administration of the departments, Legislative offices and public entities.
The Regulations were approved by Cabinet on May 15, 2013.
The Transitional Regulation sets out circumstances the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act applies as it exists before March 1, 2018 and in what circumstances the Act applies as it exists on and after March 1, 2018.