Committing to Effective Whistleblower Protection

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Whistleblower protection is essential for safeguarding the public interest, for promoting a culture of accountability and integrity in both public and private institutions, and for encouraging the reporting of misconduct, fraud and corruption wherever it occurs. While many countries are increasingly developing legal frameworks to protect whistleblowers, more can be done to mainstream integrity and promote open organisational cultures. This report analyses whistleblower protection frameworks in OECD countries, identifies areas for reform and proposes next steps to strengthen effective and comprehensive whistleblower protection laws in both the public and private sectors.




The Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act

Canada’s Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA) came into force in 2007 as part of the Government of Canada's ongoing commitment to promoting ethical practices in the public sector. Representing a renewed phase in the movement to build greater trust in Canada's public sector, the PSDPA provides federal public sector employees and others, such as contractors, with a legislated, secure and confidential process for disclosing serious wrongdoing in the workplace. This chapter provides an overview of: the legislation’s objectives; its design, including its implementing authorities; its scope regarding disclosure processes and reprisal mechanisms; and an overview of the associated impacts, challenges and risks.


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