The Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons applies to all 338 elected Members of Parliament. It prohibits them from acting in any way, when performing their parliamentary duties or functions, to further their private interests or those of their families, or to improperly further the private interests of another person or entity.
The Code includes rules on avoiding conflict of interest, processes for the confidential disclosure of private interests to the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, procedures for making Members’ summary information public, and a process for investigating alleged contraventions of rules by Members. The Code also provides for the Commissioner to have an advisory role.
Members of the House of Commons who are ministers or parliamentary secretaries are subject not only to the Code but also to the Conflict of Interest Act for public office holders.