Acts of Founded Wrongdoing

Reference Number: FW-2021-Q1-00001

Organization: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

File Identification Number: 2020-01

File Identification Date: 2021-08-10

Findings and Conclusions: a gross mismanagement in the public sector

Case Description: IRCC's Internal Disclosure Office received a complaint of wrongdoing by a Director at NHQ. It was alleged that the Director bullied and marginalized another employee under their supervision (including using vulgar language and inappropriate racial comments), failed to disclose a conflict of interest in the promotion of another employee in which a personal relationship existed and failed to disclose a conflict of interest in the approval of a sole-source contract with a third-party organization in which a financial stake was held.

Recommendations and Corrective Measures: While the Director resigned before the investigation was concluded, it has been recommended that IRCC senior officials ensure policy directives and oversight mechanisms are strengthened for prevention and early determination of potential similar acts of misappropriation. Management agrees with the report's recommendation and has developed an action plan to address the recommendation.