Code of Ethics & Values


AMCTO Code of Ethics & Values  

Adopted in 2015, the AMCTO Code of Ethics and Values outlines key tenets for ethical conduct and behavior for municipal managers and leaders. Members have made a commitment to uphold these tenets and values in order to grow the municipal profession in a way that enshrines the trust of the public, elected officials and their colleagues. 

The code is broken down into three (3) sets of values and 12 ethical tenets:

Service to the Community

  • Promote community well-being 
  • Engage the community in decision-making 
  • Deliver public services effectively and efficiently 
  • Protect the legacy of future generations 
  • Protect confidential information

Supporting Elected Officials

  • Deliver objective advice to elected officials 
  • Serve elected councils in a dutiful manner 
  • Maintain political neutrality 
  • Protect the concept of a merit-based public service

Servicing the Municipal Profession

  • Maintain professionalism, integrity and trust 
  • Demonstrate commitment to professional development 
  • Develop future municipal professionals

To support members' professional growth, we are committed to ongoing ethics education, training and dialogue. The AMCTO Ethics Advisory Committee serves to support members in adhering to this Code and is available to answer questions, provide feedback and advice on ethical matters.

As an association, our goal is to develop a community-centric membership focused on providing the highest quality of professional service to Ontario municipalities. As such, we encourage all members to reach out to the Ethics Advisory Committee should they have questions or concerns when it comes to ethical issues or adhering to the Code of Ethics and Values.

To reach the Ethics Advisory Committee, please email ethics@amcto.com. Please note that feedback from the committee is not meant to replace any legal advice that might be warranted in your specific situation.

AMCTO Code of Ethics & Values Talk

AMCTO Code of Ethics & Values Webinar (2015)