What is an “ombud”?

Ombud are impartial investigators of the public’s complaints about the administration of government.  In New Brunswick this includes school districts, regional health authorities, municipalities, crown agencies.  Other agencies responsible to the Province including, commissions, boards and corporations, or any other public authority as defined under the Ombud Act.  New Brunswick’s Ombud’s Office was established in 1967. The Ombud is an officer of the provincial legislature, independent of the government and all political parties, who is appointed for a seven year term and can only be removed upon the recommendations of the Legislative Assembly.