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CSA Group would like to thank Grant Thornton LLP for its assistance in the development of this guide.

Reports have shown that whistleblowing is one of the most effective methods for identifying activities that could potentially cause harm to an organization. An effective whistleblowing system can also lead to reduced costs, better employee engagement, enhanced stakeholder confidence and improved performance.

Whistleblowing Systems – A Guide is developed to help organizations establish and manage an effective mechanism for whistleblowing activities. The guide provides a background on existing Canadian laws and codes as they relate to whistleblowing as well as a summary of the key performance benefits associated with the implementation of a whistleblowing system.


  • Provides guidance on developing internal systems for handling reports of suspected wrongdoing, mismanagement, and unethical conduct
  • Addresses the critical issues in developing an effective whistleblowing system
  • Offers guidance on how to protect whistleblowers from reprisals and encourage them to speak up
  • Widely applicable principles can be translated into appropriate mechanisms by a range of organizations
  • Highlights key considerations organizations should be mindful of in the development of their strategies
  • Describes the critical elements and desired outcomes of an effective whistleblowing system

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