GENERAL INFORMATION

The main purposes of the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act are set out in section 2 of the Act and are:

  • to grant the public a right to request and receive information about how Provincial and municipal entities (“public bodies”) conduct public business on the public’s behalf, which is only restricted by the limited and specific exceptions set out in the Act (Part 2 of the Act: Right to Information);
  • to regulate how public entities collect, use, and disclose the personal information of citizens in their day-to-day operations (Part 3: Protection of Privacy);
  • to grant individuals a right to request and receive their own personal information held by public bodies, which is only restricted by the limited and specific exceptions set out in the Act (Part 2: Right to Information);
  • to grant individuals a right to request correction to their own personal information held by public bodies (Part 3: Protection of Privacy); and
  • to provide an independent review of public bodies’ decisions under the Act, either through the Commissioner’s Office or the courts (Part 5: Review).

A link to the text of the Act and its Regulation is below.

THE ACT (click here .PDF link)

THE REGULATION (click here .PDF)