That said, the Ontario Whistleblower Program is demonstrating signs of promise and robust take-up among whistleblowers. It is more important than ever for businesses to have in place a strong controls system and corporate culture in order to detect potential problems as early as possible and to protect employees who come forward to report those problems internally. A robust approach to internal compliance is the best defence against the increasingly real risk that boards and management will first hear about serious misconduct within their organizations from the OSC as a result of a whistleblower tip.
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