Mandate and Code of Conduct

Government Policy

The Public Agencies Governance Framework specifies that all agencies have clearly articulated roles and responsibilities. This will occur through formalized mandates and roles documents that describe:

  • the mandate of the agency
  • the roles of government and the agency
  • the accountability chain
  • a process for annual reaffirmation of mandate documents
  • how the renewal of mandate documents will occur

Common understanding of all parties' roles and responsibilities is the primary governance issue for agencies and government.

The Minister is ultimately responsible to the public for how the work of the government is accomplished.  The authority to conduct government business flows from the Minister, or through legislation for which the Minister is responsible, through to the agency, and some level of accountability must flow back.

Once responsibility is given to an agency, the agency must be able to exercise discretion within the bounds of its mandate, and be consistent with applicable Government policy, while being held accountable for its results. Clear statements about roles and responsibilities that are reviewed and regularly accepted by the highest levels of the agency and ministry are essential for good governance.

Mandate and Roles Document

A Mandate and Roles document for the Automobile Insurance Rate Board ("Agency") has been developed collaboratively between the Minister of Finance and the Agency to reflect a common understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities.

Although the Agency is part of the Ministry of Treasury Board and Finance for administrative purposes, the Agency is an independent body making independent decisions.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for the Automobile Insurance Rate Board applies to all members and employees. The Code reflects a commitment to the agency's values and provides a framework to guide ethical conduct. Members and employees are expected to behave in a way that supports this Code.

As an independent agency established by the Minister of Finance to regulate automobile insurance premiums in Alberta, there is an obligation to Albertans that there not be, nor seem to be, any conflict between the private interest of members and employees and their duty to the public. At the same time, it is recognized that members and employees should enjoy the same rights in their private dealings as any other citizens unless it can be demonstrated that a restriction is essential to the public interest.