Whistleblowing in Canada. A Knowledge Synthesis Report

42 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2018 Last revised: 10 Apr 2018

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Florian Martin-Bariteau

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Véronique Newman

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Students

Date Written: February 15, 2018

Abstract

Whistleblowers have been involved in the evolution of modern democratic societies and have spurred growing interest from citizens for transparency and freedom of information. The Internet and social networks have allowed for the development of citizen actions and large-scale disclosures of public interest information. In addition to responding to citizens’ desire for society’s openness and transparency, the protection of whistleblowers is part of risk management before disasters. In fact, in the past, these actors of change have brought a number of health, environmental, financial, surveillance, and corruption scandals to light. At the same time, disclosures may put certain citizens at risk. While the determination of whistleblowing limitations is essential to ensure a fair, secure and open society, the Canadian legal framework is uncertain and unclear. Without knowing the criteria of protection, their rights, obligations and the risks involved to their safety, informed people will not disclose. This Knowledge Synthesis initially set out to explain this framework, and now also highlights the gaps in the Canadian legal system, that is confusing at best, in regard to whistleblower protection and the need for critical reflexion and change.

Keywords: Whistleblowers; Canada

Suggested Citation

Martin-Bariteau, Florian and Newman, Véronique, Whistleblowing in Canada. A Knowledge Synthesis Report (February 15, 2018). Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2018-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3111851 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3111851

Florian Martin-Bariteau (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://f-mb.org

Véronique Newman

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Canada

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