Any person may communicate information to the Inspector General that is relevant to the performance of the Inspector General’s mandate. The Inspector General must take all necessary measures to protect the identity of persons who have communicated with him.
By law, it is forbidden to take a reprisal against a person who has communicated with the Inspector General or to threaten to take a reprisal against a person so that he or she will abstain from communicating with the Inspector General. In particular, the demotion, suspension, termination of employment or transfer of a person or any disciplinary or other measure that adversely affects the employment or working conditions of such a person is presumed to be a reprisal. Anyone who takes reprisals is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of:
- $2,000 to $20,000 for a natural person;
- $10,000 to $250,000 in other cases.
For any subsequent offence, the amounts are doubled.