Whistleblowing - Submit a Disclosure of Wrongdoing

The term "whistleblowing" refers to the act of calling attention to a questionable or illicit activity in an attempt to have it brought to an end. Within Department of National Defence (DND), the term whistleblowing is referred to as a "disclosure of wrongdoing."

When a DND employee or a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member becomes aware of wrongdoing, they have a responsibility to report that wrongdoing. Public servants can submit a disclosure under the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA), while CAF members can submit a disclosure using the Canadian Armed Forces Disclosure Process.

What is a wrongdoing?

Founded Wrongdoing within the DND and the CAF

You can read about founded wrongdoings that have occurred in the department since 2009/10.

Before you submit your disclosure… 

Protection Against Reprisal

If you are subjected to any form of reprisal for having come forward in good faith to report a wrongdoing, or if, as a witness, you are subjected to any form of reprisal for having provided information during the conduct of an investigation, you should contact the Internal Disclosure Office immediately.

You should consider whether your allegation meets the definition of serious wrongdoing as outlined in the PSDPA or the Canadian Forces Disclosure Process. If there is an existing recourse mechanism available (eg, the grievance or harassment process, alternate dispute resolution), you must avail yourself of this option as it is not within our mandate to replace existing departmental recourse mechanisms.  If you are unsure about your disclosure, you can always contact us for advice or assistance via email at ido-bdi@forces.gc.ca or by leaving a voicemail at 1-866-236-4445 (Toll-free in North America). 

Please note that frivolous or vexatious complaints may be investigated by DSEI.

Submitting your disclosure

Please Note: To access the form, please right-click on the “Disclosure of Wrongdoing Form” link, select “save link as” to save the document to your computer, then open the form with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

To submit a disclosure of wrongdoing, you can fill out the Disclosure of Wrongdoing Form and submit it automatically using the ‘submit’ button found at the top right of the form, or you can submit an email with a detailed account of the wrongdoing you wish to report. Your disclosure should be detailed enough to explain the specific wrongdoing, and the situation in which the wrongdoing took place, including date, location, parties involved, and any significant documentation to support your allegation. The IDO will assess the information to determine if the information provided warrants a formal Preliminary Assessment by an investigator within the Special Examinations and Investigations (SEI) section. Once complete, you can submit your disclosure in one of the following ways:

Email (preferred option):

Mail (some expected delays):
Internal Disclosure Office (IDO)
Assistant Deputy Minister (Review Services)
Directorate of Special Examinations and Inquiries
Department of National Defence
National Defence Headquarters Carling Campus
60 Moodie Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K2H 8G1

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