ON ombudsman given power to investigate university complaints

January 6, 2016

Ontario’s ombudsman Barbara Finlay has announced that as of January 1st, she has the authority to investigate complaints at universities. While many institutions have internal integrity commissioners, those who are unhappy with how these commissioners have handled a case can now appeal to the provincial ombudsman. “New Year’s Day [was] an important day for accountability in Ontario,” said Finlay. “We look forward to being able to help thousands of people resolve their problems with ... universities, just as we have done for 40 years with provincial government issues. We have spent months preparing for this new responsibility, which more than doubles the number of public sector bodies within our jurisdiction.” Metro | Ombudsman ON