2.A.180 Code of Conduct

Human Resources




Administrative Procedure: Code of Conduct




June 15, 2022
















Policy Reference



Legal Reference


The Public Services Act:
Bill 3



At all times, BLSD employees and trustees are responsible for their professional and ethical
conduct and must conduct themselves with the highest degree of integrity, responsibility, and

The Code of Conduct is a requirement under The Public Service Act and it outlines the values
and expected behaviors of Manitoba’s broader public service as stated in Part 2, Sections 4 and 5
of the Act.


Adherence to the Code of Conduct is a requirement for all BLSD employees and trustees.

The Code of Conduct is not intended to replace, but rather complement, existing policies, and
administrative procedures. Employees and trustees are expected to follow all policies,
administrative procedures, or mandates that affect the unique responsibilities of their position.

Values for an Ethical and Effective Public Service

The Code of Conduct is founded on the values for an ethical public service, as described in Part
2, Sections 4 and 5 of The Public Service Act. These values provide a common framework to
guide the public service in serving the public in an ethical manner. The following are the values
for an ethical public service, including some examples of how these values are demonstrated
through the actions and behaviors of employees.

Respect for Others

Employees and trustees must treat others with respect, courtesy, and dignity. All employees and
trustees must value the diversity of their fellow employees and the public we serve by being open
to the exchange of different perspectives and ideas. Employees and trustees should treat each
other equitably, with fairness and honesty, and remain committed to fostering workplaces free of
discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and bullying.


Employees and trustees must exhibit honest, integrity, consistency, and impartiality while
maintaining the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. Employees and trustees
must not conduct themselves in a manner that would reflect adversely on the BLSD. To ensure
employees are acting in the public interest, they must resolve conflicts of interest in favor of the
public interest; maintain confidentiality of information; handle sensitive information
appropriately and discreetly; and conduct themselves in a non-partisan manner.


Employees and trustees serve the needs, interests, and expectations of all BLSD
parents/guardians, students, and community stakeholders. Further to this, employees and
trustees should demonstrate leadership and take responsibility for decisions and actions. It is
imperative that employees and trustees are fiscally responsible and are careful stewards of public

Skill and Dedication

To provide high quality and prompt service, employees and trustees must give their best to meet
performance standards and organizational requirements. Employees and trustees must be open
to continual learning and innovation and must promote excellence through reflection and by
maintaining and improving their knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies, as well as assist
in enhancing those of their colleagues.


To provide high quality service, employees must provide services fairly, reliably, and
competently. Employees and trustees should focus on quality and outcomes to achieve
performance standards and be transparent to enable public scrutiny.


Employees and trustees should invite teamwork and collaboration to maximize strategic
investment in delivering services. Employees and trustees must engage and collaborate with the
public to provide the opportunity to inform, develop and implement services, and advance
reconciliation through concrete and constructive partnerships with Indigenous peoples.


Employees and trustees need to be flexible and creative in the delivery of public services so as to
adapt quickly and effectively to changes in priorities and needs of the public. Employees and
trustees must engage in strategic and predictive decision-making; and experiment and measure
results to identify opportunities for new responses to complex problems.


Employees and trustees must exercise skill and judgement in the use of public resources in
delivering services, and continually evaluate services to determine if those services are meeting
the needs of the public in an efficient and responsive manner.

Action Plan and Expected Behaviors

Employees and trustees demonstrate the values for an ethical public service through their actions
and behaviors. The expected behaviors, actions, and procedures are detailed in the policies and
administrative procedures of the school division. The policies and administrative procedures are
available on the BLSD website.

Border Land School Division

Border Land School Division acknowledges that the communities and schools located within Border Land School Division sit on Treaty 1 and Treaty 3 land, the original lands of the Anishinaabe peoples and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

Border Land School Division respects the treaties that were made on these treaty areas and we dedicate ourselves to moving forward in partnership with our Indigenous communities in a spirit of truth, reconciliation and collaboration.