Freedom of Information
The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) came into effect on January 1, 1991 and applies to Ontario municipalities as well as school boards, police commissions, public utilities commissions, boards of health, conservation authorities, and public library boards.
The Act has two purposes:
- To provide a general right of access to records in the custody and control of the City, and;
- To protect the privacy of individuals whose personal information is held by the City.
The Act establishes a process for the public to gain access to records in the City's custody and control. While the Act acknowledges that some exemptions from this general right of access are necessary, it also states that exemptions should be limited. Decisions on disclosure are reviewed independently of the City by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
The Act is not meant to interfere with the present open disclosure practice of the City. The Act is meant to provide the public with access to records of the City (except personal information) that are NOT available through usual channels.
The Act requires the City to follow rules regarding the collection, retention, use, disclosure, and disposal of personal information in its custody and control.
The Act gives individuals a right to appeal any decisions that are made by the City about access to records or personal information. Appeals are filed with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario who is an officer of the Ontario legislature and is independent of the government or any institution.
Phone: 905 335-7600 ext. 7701
Fax: 905 335-7881