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Guides - IPC Guide to FOIP

IPC Guide to FOIP

This guide is a comprehensive reference tool for the application of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP). It is designed to assist government institutions that are subject to FOIP. The guidance is non-binding and every matter should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For the full Table of Contents, please click here.

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Please note: As the Guides continue to be updated, they will be transferred into flipbook format and available on the bookshelf. When accessing the flipbook version, simply click on the chapter to wish to view and begin. If you require an accessible pdf, you can click on the accessibility icon located in the top toolbar of the flipbook to the left of the search icon.

You may also select the pdf option below the bookshelf for each individual chapter by clicking on “show chapter.”

Chapter 1: Purposes and Scope of FOIP

Chapter 2: Administration of FOIP

Chapter 3: Access to Records

Guide to FOIP: Chapter 3

This chapter covers:

  • Section 5: Who has a right of access
  • Searching for records
  • Records not responsive to access to information requests
  • Section 5.1: Duty to assist
  • Section 6: Making an application for access to information
  • Section 7: Responses from government institutions
  • Section 7.1: Applications deemed abandoned
  • Section 8: Severing records
  • Section 9: Fees and fee estimates
  • Section 10: How access is provided
  • Section 11: Transfers of access to information requests
  • Section 12: Extensions of time
  • Section 31: Individual’s access to their own personal information
  • Section 45.1: Disregarding access to information or correction requests
  • Section 49: Requests for review
  • Section 50: Dismissing or discontinuing reviews
  • Section 57: Appeals to the Court of Queen’s Bench
  • Section 59: The exercise of individual rights by authorized representatives
  • Section 65: Access to manuals
  • Section 65.1: Records available without an application

Chapter 4: Exemptions from the Right of Access

Guide to FOIP: Chapter 4

This chapter covers:

  • Interpretation of Exemptions
    • Limited and Specific
    • Balancing Interests
  • Class and Harm Based Exemptions
  • Mandatory and Discretionary Exemptions
    • Exercise of Discretion
  • Public Interest Overrides
    • Subsections 19(3), 29(o)
  • Tests and Guidance on Exemptions in Part III of FOIP
    • Sections 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31 and subsection 29(1)

Chapter 5: Third Party Information

Chapter 6: Protection of Privacy