Senators come from a wide range of backgrounds, professions and walks of life.  Senators may continue to be involved in outside activities, including holding positions in various organizations, continuing to practise their professions, and carrying on their businesses, as long as they do so in accordance with the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators (the Code).

The purpose of this guideline is to assist senators and others in better understanding what is acceptable and what is prohibited in this regard under the Code.1

Compliance with this Guideline does not mean that a senator has necessarily respected their obligations under the Code nor does non-compliance with this Guideline mean that a senator has necessarily breached the Code.  Senators are encouraged to contact the Senate Ethics Officer for opinions or advice on their particular circumstances.

1This Guideline is published by the Senate Ethics Officer (SEO) and was first approved by the Standing Committee on Ethics and Conflict of Interest for Senators under section 43 of the Code on December 15, 2022 and last modified on December 15, 2022.

It is intended to provide general information about senators’ obligations under the Code. It is not a binding opinion on the SEO as the facts related to a senator may vary.  Senators may contact the SEO for confidential advice about their individual circumstances at (613) 947-3566 or by email at