Ethical Principles

ONTARIO HUMANIST SOCIETY OFFICIANTS PROGRAM: ETHICAL PRINCIPLES, STANDARDS OF CONDUCT, and COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCESS

OHS Ethical Principles and Complaint Resolution

The Ontario Humanist Society (OHS) strives to honour the public trust in Humanist Officiants by establishing regulations for ethical practice as described in these Professional Standards. These standards, which define professional expectations, are binding on Humanist Officiants, and enforced by the Ceremonies Committee, a committee of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Humanist Society. The absence of an explicit reference to a specific behaviour or situation in the Professional Standards does not mean that the behaviour is ethical or unethical. These standards are not exhaustive. Officiants who are uncertain about the ethics of a particular course of action are encouraged to seek guidance from the Chair of the Ceremonies Committee.

The ethical and complaint resolution procedures are intended to protect the public, the Officiant and the integrity of the OHS Ceremonies Program. The complaint shall remain confidential to the Committee, the complainant and the Officiant in question until the nature of public disclosure is determined by the Committee and the Board.

Concerns relating to the performance of a Humanist Officiant as set out in the Ontario Humanist Society Professional Standards may be directed in writing to: Chair, Ceremonies Committee, Ontario Humanist Society, 265 Gore Street, AlmonteĀ  ONĀ  K0A 1A0 or by email to ethicalconcerns@ontariohumanists.ca