City councillors may find themselves guided by an official code of conduct if they decide to follow other municipalities in the province.
On Monday council will be asked to support the idea, which was sparked after provincial legislation gave municipalities authority to write their own codes.
"Council members are held to a high standard as leaders of the community," says a draft of the proposed code for Cornwall. "Council members are expected to carry out their duties in a fair, impartial, transparent and professional manner."
If councillor give the code a green light, it would also cover members of city committees and boards, and would likely require an integrity commissioner be appointed as administrator.
The draft code also includes a prohibition on councillors using their position to influence city staff and the ability for council to discipline those who disregard the regulations.
If there is a breach, the integrity commissioner would investigate. Consequences could include removal from a committee, suspension of a councillor's pay or a public reprimand.