Senators are sometimes asked to attend events as public officials and have their travel costs paid for by others.  The purpose of this guideline is to assist senators and others in better understanding when travel for such events may be sponsored by a third party under the Ethics and Conflict of Interest Code for Senators (the Code) and which ones are prohibited.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.

1  This 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 June 28, 2021 and last modified on June 28, 2021.  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 situation at (613) 947-3566 or by email at