This page will help you make a complaint and begin an investigation of a closed meeting.

Investigation Process

As of January 1, 2008, changes to the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, (The Act) came into effect and established a non-court process whereby the public can request an investigation to determine if the municipality has complied with the rules for open and closed meetings as contained in Section 239 of the Act, relating to any meeting or part of a meeting that was closed to the public.

The Corporation of the Municipality of Red Lake is committed to ensuring that any request for an investigation under Section 239 of the Act is dealt with in a fair, open and expeditious manner. The Municipality is committed to full cooperation including the provision of all information requested by our appointed Closed Meeting Investigator (the Investigator), either written or through interviews, to assist the Investigator with his investigations.

The Closed Meeting Investigation process does not apply to the Police Services Board or the Public Library Board.

Further information regarding this section of the Act can be accessed at the following web link:

The Municipality of Red Lake, in conjunction with other municipalities in the region, has appointed a Closed Meeting Investigator for this purpose. Through By-law Number 1184-09, the Municipality of Red Lake has appointed Mr. Paul S. Heayn as the Closed Meeting Investigator and has authorized him to conduct investigations upon receipt of a complaint in respect of meetings or part of meetings that are closed to the public to determine compliance with the Act or the Municipality's Procedural By-law and to report the results of such investigations to Council.

Complaint Process

Members of the public, including corporations, may submit complaints to the Closed Meeting Investigator. All complaints will be treated as confidential and will be handled directly by the Municipality's Closed Meeting Investigator. To submit a complaint, please complete the Complaint Intake Form.

Open Complaint Intake Form

Complaint Intake Checklist

Please refer to the following checklist to ensure the Complaint Intake Form is complete:

  1.   Complainant's name is printed clearly
  2.   Complainant's mailing address, telephone number and e-mail (if applicable) are identified
  3.   Name of Municipality is identified
  4.   Date of Closed Meeting under consideration is provided
  5.   Background detail of the particular occurrence is provided
  6.   Any action undertaken to resolve the issue (if any)
  7.   Provide additional comments
  8.   Sign the document with original signature

More questions about closed meeting investigations?

Find out more information from:

Mr. Paul S. Heayn, Municipal Consultant
41 Clearwater Crescent
Dryden, Ontario
P8N 3H8