Code of Conduct and Ethics
Acting with integrity is a core value of FCC. FCC employees have an obligation to speak up in good faith and report possible violations of this Code. FCC also provides the public with direct access to FCC's Integrity Officer if they would like to discuss a particular situation.
This Code of Conduct and Ethics [PDF] applies to FCC, the FCC Board of Directors and all FCC employees (including permanent, term, contract and work placements).
Although it is not possible to describe every situation that may be encountered when dealing with FCC, the Code is intended to articulate the basic principles and expectations concerning the conduct of FCC and its employees, as well as providing some specific guidelines.
Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector
As a federal Crown corporation, FCC is a part of the broader public service of Canada. FCC’s public policy role is to serve Canadians and the public interest under the direction of the elected government and in accordance with the law.
As federal Crown employees, our work is essential to Canada's well-being and the enduring strength of the Canadian democracy.
The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector is a guide to the values and behaviours expected from all of those who work in the public sector in all activities related to their professional duties. These values are:
- respect for democracy
- respect for people
For the complete Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act, visit the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat website.
Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act
Pursuant to this Act, FCC has reported the following findings of employee wrongdoing:
2013-14 : An internal disclosure of wrongdoing was investigated by the Integrity Officer. Wrongdoing by employees was found to have taken place. The nature of the wrongdoing was, in each case, the serious breach of the FCC Code of Conduct and Ethics (the “Code”) namely: that on more than one occasion the employees in question did take steps, and/or direct steps to be taken, and/or knowingly turn a blind eye to such steps being taken so as to artificially inflate lending results for the express purpose of increasing personal monetary performance rewards, contrary to corporate policy/process/procedure and the Code. Disciplinary action was taken.
2021-22 : On June 8, 2021, FCC Integrity Officer and Senior Officer for Internal Disclosures received a disclosure alleging wrongdoing under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA) committed by an employee of FCC. An investigation was conducted which found (i) gross mismanagement in the public sector; and (ii) serious breach of a Code of Conduct under the PSDPA. The employee was found to have repeatedly violated policies and procedures related to approval of lending activities; serious irregularities were found in lending approvals made by the employee and supporting documentation was inadequate, inaccurate or missing. The employee resigned while disciplinary actions were taken against him/her.
FCC’s Integrity Officer
Questions regarding the FCC Code of Conduct and Ethics or complaints regarding the conduct of FCC employees or Directors who may be in violation of this code can be directed to the FCC Integrity Officer:
Farm Credit Canada
Attention: Integrity Officer
1800 Hamilton St. P.O. Box 4320
Regina, SK S4P 4L3
Call the ConfidenceLine at 1-800-661-9675.