Code of Conduct / Code de Conduite

  • Military Chaplains

    ->  Military Chaplains are:
     “DND employees” means a person employed in DND under the Public Service Employment Act, S.C. 2005, c.22


    Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces Code of Values and Ethics


    4.1 This DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics describes the common values and expected behaviours that guide both CF members and DND employees in all activities related to their professional duties.  By committing to these values and adhering to the expected behaviours, DND employees and CF members strengthen the ethical culture of the public sector, which includes DND, and of the CF, and contribute to public confidence in the integrity of all public institutions, the cornerstone of good governance and democracy.

     4.2 For DND employees, the DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics fulfills the requirement of Section 6 of the PSDPA   and must be read in conjunction with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.  For CF members, the DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics is promulgated by virtue of the CDS’ authority under the National Defence Act. It complements the values and ethics that constitute the Canadian military ethos reflected in the Queen’s Regulations and Orders, as well as CF customs and practices, and should be read in conjunction with Duty with Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada.


    All Chaplains from ALL Faith Traditions must adhere and follow the ICCMC Code of Ethics.

    On 26 March 1998, the ICCMC drafted and subsequently approved the following Code of Ethics for Military Chaplaincy. (Ref.:  Found on page 14/87 to 17/87 of the ICCMC Handbook)

  • Counseling Limits

    Guidelines for Counseling Relationships***

    Exploitation in the context of this counseling relationship refers to Catholic Military Chaplain (CMC) taking unfair advantage of the counseling relationship for the benefit of the counselor.

    Sexual exploitation is sexual contact between CMC and the recepient of his or her counseling services, regardless of who initiates the contact.

    1. Clergy, FCC, Lay Pastoral Associates, and members of religious institutes providing pastoral counseling or spiritual direction are generally not licensed as professional counselors and are expected to limit their counseling to spiritual, religious, moral, or pastoral matters.

    2. CMC are expected to remain within their competence in counseling situations and to refer matters to other professionals when appropriate.

    3. Counselors are expected to avoid situations and conduct that are exploitive or are likely to give the appearance of exploitation.

    4. Counselors are expected to avoid counseling situations and conduct that further their own personal, religious, political or business interests.

    5. CMC are expected to inform all parties of a potential or actual conflict of interest. Resolution of the issues must protect the person being counseled.

    6. Counselors must never engage in sexual intimacies with the people they counsel. This includes nonconsensual and consensual contact, forced physical contact and sexually explicit conversations not related to counseling issues.

    7. Counselors are not to engage in sexual intimacies with relatives, friends, or other individuals who are close to the client when there is a risk of exploitation or potential harm to the client. CMC should presume that a potential exploitation or harm exists in such intimate relationships.

    8. Counselors are fully responsible for setting and maintaining clear, appropriate boundaries in all counseling and counseling-related relationships.

    9. Sessions are to be conducted in appropriate settings at appropriate times and are not to be held in places or at times that might cause confusion about the nature of the relationship for the person being counseled. For example, regular counseling sessions with minors should be scheduled when there is another adult readily available in the building. No sessions should be conducted in private living quarters.

    ***"Counseling relationships" include pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and other forms of counseling provided by competent professionals through Church affiliated organizations and services.

  • Social communication limits for catholic military chaplains

    Communications and Confidentiality with Minors in Ministry Private communication with a minor is defined as any type and form of communication that takes place apart from an appropriate and approved ministry setting.

    Therefore, adults in ministry with minors shall not enter into any type of private communication with a minor*** that is not within the scope of their ministry, or any communication that would undermine the parent‐child relationship or serve to foster an inappropriate relationship with a minor.

    In the Catholic Church: 
    A minor*** is defined as anyone under the age of 18. (Ref.: Pursuant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s 
    Revised Norms on Dealing with Clerical Sex Abuse of Minors and Other Grave Offenses, the word “minor” or “minors” in this document is also meant to include a person over 18 years of age who habitually lacks the use of reason (Art. 6 of Revised Norms) and, thus, is to be considered equivalent to a “minor.”