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PIDA (The Public Interest Disclosure Act) protects employees who make a disclosure of wrongdoing in good faith, which occurred in their workplace that relates to public interest.

PIDA applies to all employees of provincial ministries, Crown corporations, as well as a large number of other government agencies, boards and commissions.  These organizations are set out in
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Regulations.


You can learn more about PIDA below.

What is a 'wrongdoing'?

A wrongdoing is defined as:

  • contraventions of any federal or provincial legislation;
  • acts or omissions that create substantial and specific danger to life, health, safety or the environment;
  • gross mismanagement of public funds or a public asset; and,
  • knowingly directing or counselling someone to commit a wrongdoing of these kinds.

Disclosing a wrongdoing

To disclose a wrongdoing you must first contact the designated officer in your organization or the Provincial Interest Disclosure (PID) Commissioner. Contacting a designated officer or PID Commissioner is confidential.

A designated officer or the PID Commissioner will determine if a disclosure falls under the
PIDA and if further investigation is required.

You may also be required to fill out a
Disclosure of Wrongdoing.

If a wrongdoing is found, a designated officer or the PID Commissioner will conduct an investigation and make recommendations to the head of your organization on how best to resolve it.

Reprisal

PIDA protects you from reprisal if, in good faith, you sought advice about making a disclosure, made a disclosure, cooperated in a PIDA investigation or declined to participate in a suspected wrongdoing.

A reprisal is any measure that adversely affects the public service employee's working conditions (e.g. a dismissal, layoff, suspension, demotion or transfer, discontinuation or elimination of a job, change of a job location, reduction in wages, change in hours of work or reprimand), as well as a threat to take any of the measures mentioned above.

If you believe a reprisal has been made against you, contact the PID Commissioner's office as soon as possible to submit a
Complaint of Reprisal form.  Only the Commissioner can process complaints of reprisal.  Each case will be managed individually; and reprisal matters may be subject to a $10,000 fine.

Information for Designated Officers

The PIDA Designated Officer's Toolkit links to the legislation and  forms that provide designated officers with visual aids and pertinent tools in order to perform their role. The tools strengthen consistency in logging and reporting inquiries, disclosures, investigations, and recommendations.

The PIDA log book reporting template provides designated officers a visual to identify items they should keep track of during the course of their role.

For more information, please visit the PID Commissioner's website.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:

Public Interest Disclosure Officer
2350 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4P 4A6

Phone: 306-787-8278

Public Interest Disclosure Commissioner
Regina Office
150 – 2401 Saskatchewan Drive
Regina, SK S4P 4H8
Phone: 306-787-6211
Toll-free: 1-800-667-7180
Fax: 306-787-9090  

Saskatoon Office
500 - 350 3rd Avenue North
Saskatoon, SK  S7K 6G7
Phone: 306-933-5500
Toll-free: 1-800-667-7180
Fax: 306-933-8406

 


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