Whistleblower Protection

The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act is in place to protect public sector employees and political staff from punishment if they:

  • disclose wrongdoing that is conducted against the public’s interest
  • seek advice or information about disclosing a wrongdoing from:
    • their supervisor,
    • the Designated Officer, or
    • the Public Interest Commissioner
  • co-operate in an investigation into wrongdoing
  • decline to participate in suspected wrongdoing

The Act provides a process that protects Alberta public servants by ensuring:

  • confidentiality for those who seek advice about or make a disclosure*,
  • a clear process and set of timelines to guide employees when they disclose wrongdoing
  • a transparent process in place to support investigations
  • a strict set of penalties for those who commit a reprisal (punishment for reporting wrongdoing), obstruct an investigation, destroy records, or make false or misleading statements as part of an investigation, and
  • a broad range of remedies for employees who have experienced reprisal

**Some information gathered from the Government of Alberta website. 

Click here to access information about Whistleblower Protection.

Click here to access the Public Interest Disclosure Act.

Click here to view the Province's Employee Fact Sheet.