Manitoba Government Code of Conduct

Part B: The Code in Practice

Roles and Responsibilities


All employees are responsible for adhering to the values and expected behaviours of the Code and other government directives. Where an employee is unsure of the appropriate ethical course of action, they should seek guidance from their supervisor.

All employees have a duty to report any situation that they believe is in violation of the Code.  Such concerns should be disclosed in a timely manner, as per the process outlined in the Violations of the Code section. 

Managers and Supervisors

By virtue of their positions, managers and supervisors must lead by example and exemplify proper conduct. Supervisors must ensure their employees receive, read, and understand their responsibilities under the Code, which includes engaging in ongoing dialogue with their team members about expectations of ethical conduct.

Where they have observed a violation or where concerns are brought to their attention, they must act in a timely manner to address the situation. Once addressed, they must monitor the workplace to ensure there is no recurrence of such behaviour. They must also ensure there are no acts of reprisal taken against employees who have brought forward concerns

Deputy Ministers (or designates)

Deputy ministers (or designates) are responsible for overseeing the administration of the Code for their respective departments. They must ensure that management is engaging (e.g. through regular reminders, discussions at staff meetings) with their employees regarding their responsibilities and compliance under the Code. They may also implement supplementary directives respecting the unique responsibilities or requirements affecting their respective areas.  

Public Service Commission (human resources)

The Public Service Commission provides policy direction, as well as advice and support to departments on the administration of the Code. Public Service Commission staff will also typically lead investigations into alleged violations of the Code.


Original Issued: July 25, 2019
Revised: February 26 and September 27, 2022
Version effective: May 3, 2024