About Access to Information and Privacy

Introduction to Access to Information and Privacy

The Access to Information Act gives Canadian citizens as well as people and corporations present in Canada the right to have access to federal government records that are not of a personal nature or subject to certain limited and specific exceptions. The Access to Information Act complements, but does not replace other procedures for obtaining government information. It is not intended to limit in any way the access to government information that is normally available to the public upon request.

The Privacy Act protects the privacy of all Canadian citizens and permanent residents regarding personal information held by a government institution. It also gives individuals, including those in Canada who are not permanent residents or citizens, the right to access their own personal information.

How to Make a Request Online

The Access to Information and Privacy Online Request Service is a fast, easy and convenient way to submit access to information or personal information requests.

This service allows individuals to make online requests for information to participating Government of Canada institutions instead of having to print, scan, mail or email a paper form to the correct institution.

Submit a request online

If you have questions or if you would like paper copies of the Access to Information Request or the Personal Information Request forms, please contact the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency by email at ceaa.atip-aiprp.acee@canada.ca or by phone at 613-957-0700.

Access to Information Request

Please note that an application fee of $5 applies to each request and additional costs may be charged. This application fee entitles you to five hours of search and preparation time for the requested records. You will be notified in advance if there are additional costs and you may be asked to make a deposit. You may send the application fee in the form of a cheque or money order made payable to the Receiver General for Canada. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency also accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express.

Personal Information Request

If you are requesting personal information that does not concern you, you must provide an electronic copy of a consent document indicating the name of the person giving his or her consent and to whom consent is being given. The consent document must be dated and signed by the person giving the consent.

There is no charge for information under the Privacy Act.

Registry Request

As required under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry facilitates public access to information and records related to proposed projects subject to the federal environmental assessment process. For more information on how to access Registry records, you can consult the Registry Frequently Asked Questions page.

Informal Request

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through requests outside of the Access to Information and Privacy process. To make an informal request, use the contact information on the Agency's general Contact us page.

Send Your Request

Send access to information and privacy requests as well as requests for previously completed access to information requests to the following address:

Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
22nd Floor, Place Bell
160 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
By email: ceaa.atip-aiprp.acee@canada.ca
By fax: 613-960-1517

Completed Access to Information Requests

If you wish to obtain a copy of the records released in response to these requests informally, please contact us. You must include your full name and complete mailing address as well as the file number(s) requested.

Note: As of April 2015, summaries of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s completed Access to Information requests are now posted directly on the Open Government Portal.

Contact Us

If you need advice on the process for completing an access to information request or a personal information request, please contact us using one of the following options:

  • Phone: 613-957-0700
  • Toll free: 1-866-582-1884
  • Fax: 613-960-1517
  • Internet email address: ceaa.atip-aiprp.acee@canada.ca
  • By mail:
    Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
    Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
    22nd Floor, Place Bell
    160 Elgin Street
    Ottawa ON K1A 0H3
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