Chapter 5 for the Guide to FOIP is now Available!

October 18, 2022 - Alyx Larocque, Director of Compliance

Chapter 5 for the Guide to FOIP is now available! Government institutions will find helpful information in this chapter on third party information including:

  • What qualifies as third party information.
  • The timelines involved with third party information.
  • The process for handling third party information in records captured by an access to information request.

This new chapter deals exclusively with third party information and the sections related to it in The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). Third party information that appears in records that are responsive to an access to information request pose unique challenges including specific timelines for notification, representation and decision making.

To assist government institutions, Chapter 5 has two quick reference sections.  Quick Reference 1 deals with third party timelines. It condenses the timelines and steps into an easy to reference chart.

Quick Reference 2 deals with contracting with government institutions. Our office has encountered several reviews where the records involved were contracts between a government institution and a third party or proposal/tender or bidding documents submitted by third parties to government institutions in a Request for Proposals situation. This quick reference has some of the precedent set by the Commissioner and the courts for these types of documents.

We hope you find this chapter useful as you work through processing access to information requests under FOIP.

In terms of progress, we are working hard on Chapter 6 – Protection of Privacy. We are in the drafting phase and hope to have it published in the new year.

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Guide to FOIP Chapter 5

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