PEI’s Ombudsperson welcomes expansion of jurisdiction to include post-secondary institutions

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – In the wake of concerns raised in a recently released report commissioned by UPEI which reviewed the University’s practices and processes with respect to harassment, discrimination and fair treatment, the Legislative Assembly has amended the Ombudsperson Act to grant jurisdiction to the Ombudsperson over post-secondary institutions.

“This change in the Ombudsperson Act allows for an objective review of complaints about how post-secondary institutions operate,” said Sandy Hermiston, Ombudsperson & Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner for PEI.

“Independent and impartial oversight can play an important role in building trust and confidence in institutions. We look forward to working constructively and collaboratively with the post-secondary institutions to improve the system for everyone.”

OmbudsPEI is ready to work with all stakeholders involved to address complaints about fairness in the administration of post-secondary institutions.

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About OmbudsPEI

As an independent office of the Legislature, OmbudsPEI investigates complaints of unfair treatment by government agencies and provides general oversight of government’s administrative processes under the Ombudsperson Act. The Ombudsperson has a broad mandate to investigate complaints about unfair treatment, process or decisions by public sector agencies such as government ministries, agencies boards and commissions, municipalities, Health PEI and post-secondary institutions.

OmbudsPEI promotes fairness, transparency and accountability in the public sector to enhance good governance and public confidence in government.  Our work improves public services for all Islanders.

If any Islander believes they have experienced an unfairness in their interactions with a provincial agency, they can contact OmbudsPEI to explore options for making a complaint. Our services are free and confidential.

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