Resources

These resources are here to provide you with tools and additional information on the Access to Information and Privacy process, legislation and policies.

Request Forms

If you wish to make a request under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act, please complete the relevant form or submit your request in writing.

Annual Reports to Parliament

In accordance with section 72 of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, government institutions must prepare and submit an Annual Report to Parliament on its ATIP administration and activities for the fiscal year.  The following are the most recent Annual Reports:

2016-17

2015-16

2014-15

2013-14

2012-13

2011-12

2010-11

2009-10

2008-09

Legislation

The pieces of legislation which govern access to information and protection of privacy are:

  • Access to Information Act – The purpose of the Access to Information Act is to provide the public with access to information under the control of the Government of Canada.
  • Access to Information Regulations – The rules that apply to the Access to Information Act.
  • Privacy Act – The Privacy Act provides for the protection of personal information held by government institutions and provides individuals with a "right of access to that information."
  • Privacy Regulations –The rules that apply to the Privacy Act.
  • Federal Accountability Act – This Act provides for, amongst other things, administrative transparency, oversight and accountability of all government departments.

Policies and Guidelines

The following policies and guidelines were developed by the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada in order to ensure compliance and consistency in administering the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act and their Regulations, and the government's responsibility for protecting your personal information.

Access to Information:

Privacy:

Government Security:

Oversight Bodies

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act provide for an independent public body whose role is to ensure that your rights under the Acts are safeguarded. There are two oversight bodies:

Other Departments

For additional information on the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and their provisions, please refer to:

Miscellaneous