2020-2021 Annual Report on the Administration of the Access to Information Act

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1. Introduction

The Access to Information Act (hereafter the “Act”) provides Canadian citizens, as well as individuals and corporations present in Canada, the right to access federal government records of a non-personal nature. The public’s right of access to information is balanced against the legitimate need to protect sensitive information and to maintain the effective functioning of government, while promoting transparency and accountability in government institutions. The Act complements, but does not replace, other means of obtaining government information.

In June 2019, Bill C-58, An Act to Amend the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, received Royal Assent. The Bill brought forth the most significant advances to the Act since it came into force in 1983. The amendments include providing the Information Commissioner (IC) with order making powers, allowing government institutions to seek the approval of the IC to decline to act on vexatious requests, requiring government institutions to proactively publish various information, etc.

This report is prepared and tabled in Parliament in accordance with Section 94 of the Access to Information Act. It covers the way in which the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) administered the Act from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. 

2. CSIS Mandate

CSIS has, for the past thirty-seven (37) years, continued to demonstrate its value to Canadians by providing the Government of Canada with crucial information and advice linked to threats to the security of Canada and of Canadian interests. The CSIS Act gives CSIS the mandate to investigate activities suspected of constituting threats to the security of Canada including terrorism and violent extremism, espionage and sabotage, foreign influenced activities, and subversion of government. CSIS also advises the Government on these threats and takes lawful measures to reduce them. In addition, the Service provides security assessments on individuals who require access to classified information or sensitive files within the Government of Canada as well as security advice relevant to the exercise of the Citizenship Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Foreign intelligence collection within Canada is also conducted by CSIS at the request of the Minister of Foreign Affairs or the Minister of National Defence.

In June 2019, the National Security Act, 2017 received Royal Assent. This legislation modernized the original CSIS Act by addressing outdated legal authorities, introducing new safeguards and accountability measures as well as clarifying CSIS’ responsibilities. The legislation addressed specific challenges and provided new modern authorities needed to keep pace with continuous changes in the threat, as well as the technological and legal landscapes.

3. Organizational Structure

During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Section remained under the Deputy Director, Policy and Strategic Partnerships Directorate. Within the Directorate, the ATIP Section is part of the Litigation and Disclosure Branch headed by the Director General. The employees of the ATIP Section are fully dedicated to the administration of both Access to Information and Privacy Acts programs within CSIS, providing high quality and timely responses to internal and external clients including other government departments as well as providing advice to CSIS employees as they fulfill their obligations under both Acts. CSIS Legal Services Branch, staffed by Department of Justice (DoJ) lawyers, provides legal advice as required. 

The ATIP Section has twenty (20) full-time employees to fulfill CSIS’ obligations under the Access to Information and Privacy Acts. During this reporting period, the ATIP Section included one (1) Chief (Coordinator), one (1) Deputy Chief, three (3) unit Heads, thirteen (13) full-time Analysts, one (1) Administrative Officer, one (1) Researcher as well as one (1) part-time Analyst. 

The ATIP Section’s responsibilities vis-à-vis the Act are divided in two (2) categories:

Operations

Policies and Procedures

As defined by Section 96 of the Act, CSIS did not provide nor receive services related to any power, function to or from another government institution during this reporting period.

4. Delegation Order

In accordance with Section 95(1) of the Act, a delegation order signed by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness designates the persons holding the positions of Director of CSIS, Deputy Director of the Policy and Strategic Partnerships Directorate, Director General of the Litigation and Disclosure Branch as well as the Chief of the Access to Information and Privacy Section to exercise and perform the duties of the Minister as Head of the institution

The Honourable Bill Blair, P.C., M.P. issued the current delegation order on October 27, 2020.

5. Interpretation of the 2020-2021 statistical report for requests under the Access to Information Act

Every year, TBS requires institutions to submit a statistical report on their administration of the Access to Information Act, which contains cumulative data on the application of the legislation during the fiscal year. The CSIS Statistical Report for 2020-2021 as well as the Supplemental Report are included in this report. The statistics included in this report have been rounded to the nearest decimal point.

Table 1. Overview of the 2020-2021 statistics on the Service’s administration of access to information requests in relation to statistics from the 3 previous years.
Fiscal year Requests received Outstanding requests Requests closed Requests carried over Number of pages processed Number of pages released On-time compliance rate
2020-2021 624 119 658 85 41,415 11,887 81%*
2019-2020 1,029 105 1,014 120 76,863 26,782 95%*
2018-2019 1,146 143 1,181 108 40,146 16,304 98%
2017-2018 851 86 791 146 65,873 23,873 98%

* The on-time compliance rates for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be discussed further in this report.

Figure 1. Multi-year trend: Number of requests received vs. number of requests closed
  Number of requests received
(includes requests outstanding from previous year)
Number of requests closed
2016-2017 543 457
2017-2018 937 791
2018-2019 1,289 1,181
2019-2020 1,134 1,014
2020-2021 743 658

As indicated in table 1, the Service received 624 requests under the Act between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. This represents a thirty-nine percent (39 %) decrease from the requests received during the previous reporting period. While the decrease in requests is substantial and most likely linked to the global pandemic, the Service processed a large number of highly complex and sensitive requests.

5.1 - Sources of requests

The 624 requests received during this reporting period came from various sources. Forty-nine percent (49 %) of requests came from members of the public who, largely, were seeking the status of their citizenship and immigration file or seeking to know whether the Service had information on them. Eighteen percent (18 %) of requests came from businesses; the most common being law offices dealing with immigration and citizenship files. Requests from the media increased by forty-four percent (44 %) this year compared to the previous reporting period.

Figure 2. Source of requests
  Media Academia Businesses (private sector) Organizations Members of the Public Declined to Identify
  121 38 113 6 303 43

5.2 - Disposition of completed requests

The ATIP Section successfully closed 658 requests during the 2020-2021 reporting period: forty-five percent (45 %) were closed within 1 to 15 days, twenty-two percent (22 %) were closed within 16 to 30 days and thirteen percent (13 %) took over 120 days to close. Of the records relevant to these requests, there were three (3) requests where all records were disclosed, while thirty-seven percent (37 %) were disclosed in part, twenty-eight percent (28 %) did not exist, and eighteen percent (18 %) for which the existence could neither be confirmed nor denied. No requests were denied based on being vexatious, submitted out of bad faith or an abuse of right.

Figure 3. Multi-year trend: Disposition of closed requests
  All disclosed Disclosed
in part
Neither confirm
nor deny
No records
exist
All exempted All excluded Request
transferred
Request
abandoned
2016-2017 5 196 111 77 17 0 6 45
2017-2018 10 283 150 125 151 0 14 58
2018-2019 3 318 144 295 363 3 3 52
2019-2020 3 244 49 0 185 0 61 116
2020-2021 3 244 116 185 49 0 0 61
Figure 4 - Completion time
  1 to 15 days 16 to 30 days 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121 to 180 days 181 to 365 days over 365 days
  298 147 60 67 29 36 21

5.3 - Deemed refusals

Out of the 658 requests closed during this reporting period, the ATIP Section successfully closed 531 requests (eighty-one percent (81 %)) within the legislated timelines; however, the remaining 127 requests (nineteen percent (19 %)) were closed past the legislated timelines. It is important to note that out of the 127 requests, extensions were taken on forty-seven percent (47 %). The two (2) main reasons for requests being closed past the legislated timelines were the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to consult other government departments on classified records. The COVID-19 pandemic measures taken by the Service as well as those taken by other Government of Canada departments had a big impact on requests being closed after the legislated timelines.

5.4 - Extensions

The legislation allows for extensions when the response requires internal or external consultations, additional review time due to large amount of records, or when the review could interfere with Service operations. Throughout the reporting period, fifty-nine (59) extensions were taken. Sixty percent (60 %) of the fifty-nine (59) extensions taken were due to the Service’s need to consult various other government departments on classified records. 
Figure 5 - Length of extensions
  30 days or less 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121 to 180 days 181 to 365 days
  23 26 65 18 9

5.5 – Exemptions and exclusions invoked

The Access to Information Act allows institutions to exempt information from being released for a variety of reasons. The ATIP Section invoked 1,675 exemptions under the Act during the reporting period.
Table 2. Breakdown of the exemptions used
Section of the Act  Type of exemption Number of times
Section 13 Records obtained in confidence from other levels of government 74
Section 14 Records expected to be injurious to federal-provincial relations 0
Section 15 Records expected to be injurious to the Government of Canada in the conduct of international affairs, the defence of Canada and subversive activities 350
Section 16 Records containing law enforcement, investigations and security information 701
Section 17 Records expected to threaten the safety of individuals 8
Section 19 Records containing personal information 150
Section 20 Records containing third-party information 4
Section 21 Records containing information related to the internal decision-making processes of government 108
Section 22 Records containing test procedures, tests and audits 6
Section 23 Records related to solicitor-client privilege 31
Section 24 Records where there are statutory prohibitions against disclosure 243
Section 26 Records where information is to be published within 90 days 0

The Act does not apply to information already publically available and excludes from disclosure material such as Cabinet Confidences. The ATIP Section invoked exclusions under the Act, 137 times.

Table 3. Breakdown of exclusions used
Section of the Act Exclusion type Number of times
Section 68 Information that could be found in the public domain 5
Section 69 Confidence’s of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada 132

5.6 - Consultations received from other Government of Canada institutions

During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the Service received ninety-five (95) access to information consultation requests involving Service records or matters. Two-hundred and ninety-three (293) requests were outstanding from the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The large majority of the requests carried over to the 2020-2021 fiscal year were consultation requests from Library and Archives Canada (LAC). These consultations involve an immense number of pages to review and contain dated RCMP and CSIS security intelligence files as well as complex and sensitive information. The Service is continuously striving to address the backlog of LAC consultations. For example, during this reporting period, the ATIP Section was able to have a few ATIP employees work exclusively on LAC requests when time and workload permitted to do so.

During the 2020-2021 reporting period, the ATIP Section closed 158 consultation requests totaling 30,913 pages reviewed. Thirty-seven percent (37 %) of consultation requests were processed in less than 60 days, while sixty-three percent (63 %) took more than 61 days to process. Two-hundred and thirty (230) consultation requests were carried over to the next fiscal year.

Figure 6 - Multi-Year trend: Consultations received from other federal Institutions
  Requests received  Requests outstanding  Requests closed  Requests carried over
2016-2017 366 37 317 86
2017-2018 364 86 293 157
2018-2019 324 156 286 194
2019-2020 332 194 233 293
2020-2021 388 293 158 230

5.7 – Other requests

The Service processes informal requests (not subject to the Access to Information Act) in an efficient and timely manner in order to promote transparency and open government. The ATIP Section processed 823 informal requests compared to last year’s 410, which represents a significant increase of 101 percent. Of those 823 informal requests, seventy-four percent (74 %) were processed within 30 days of receipt and 71,635 pages were rereleased during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The ATIP Section also acted as a resource for CSIS employees, including executives, by offering advice and guidance further to provisions in the legislation. The ATIP Section provided assistance, over 196 times, on a variety of matters including, but not limited to, information management, security of information, draft policies and memorandums of understanding, Parliamentary Question Period notes (QPNs) and releases of information made by CSIS outside the parameters of the Act.

During the reporting period, there were seventy (70) requests made under the Act further to the proactive publication of briefing note titles and tracking numbers. These requests will likely increase as the Service continues to proactively publish information and as the public becomes more aware of government institutions’ responsibilities under Part 2 of the Act.

Throughout 2020-2021, the ATIP Section continued to receive telephone calls and emails from the public seeking direction on how to obtain information and/or how to submit a request under the Access to Information Act. The administration team in the ATIP Section provided guidance in a professional manner and often directed these individuals to the ATIP Online Request Service website for additional information.

5.8 – Impact of Covid-19 measures

As indicated in table 1, the on-time compliance rate of the ATIP Section for this reporting period was greatly impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The measures taken by the Service as well as those taken by the Government of Canada to combat the spread of the Coronavirus had negative repercussions for the CSIS ATIP Section.

On March 14, 2020, CSIS activated its Business Continuity Plan (BCP). Due to the BCP and the CSIS ATIP Section’s inability to process Secret and Top Secret records from home, the ATIP Section had to remain closed for eight (8) weeks. Consequently, access to information requests sent to the Service between March 14, 2020 and May 19, 2020 were neither registered nor processed. However, the ATIP Section was able to follow the recommendations of the TBS and issue delay letters to the requesters affected. The CSIS website, as well as the public CSIS ATIP email auto-reply and voicemail message, were amended to notify requesters of potential delays in the processing of their requests due to the implementation of workplace measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

When it was suitable and safe to do so, a limited number of employees returned to the office. The ATIP Section remained at partial capacity from May 19, 2020 to August 24, 2020 for a total of fourteen (14) weeks. For security reasons, the Service does not have the capability to process Secret or Top Secret electronic records. Nevertheless, during those fourteen (14) weeks, the ATIP Section was able to close 201 ATIA paper requests; 127 of those requests were received after April 1, 2020. Starting August 24, 2020, the ATIP Section returned to the office at full capacity and remained as such until the end of the fiscal year. As noted in the 2020-2021 Supplemental Statistical Report on the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act (Annex C), the Service was able to receive paper requests by mail and through the digital request service forty-four (44) out of the fifty-two (52) weeks.

As previously mentioned, one of the biggest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Service’s ability to meet legislated timeframes was the inability of certain institutions to receive and process Secret and Top Secret records. Although the CSIS ATIP Section was operating at full capacity for most of the year, many institutions advised the Service of their inability to process classified material due to their employees working from home, or that they were ultimately not accepting classified consultation requests. This resulted in requests being in deemed refusal, partial responses to requesters and necessary lengthy extensions. When the pandemic restrictions are lifted and institutions can once again receive and process classified records, the Service will be inundated with consultation requests and responses. The impact will likely be discussed in the 2021-2022 annual report.

6. Training and Awareness

During the 2020-2021 reporting period, the ATIP Section did not conduct in-person training. Rather, employees were encouraged to use other means of communication such as phone calls, collaboration software, teleconferences, etc. However, the ATIP Section continued to offer its awareness sessions through ATIP e-learning narrated slides. The narrated slides form part of the employee orientation program, which is required for all new employees. All other Service employees have the ability to reference the narrative slides at any given time through an e-learning application. The narrated slides provides participants with an overview of the Act and the Privacy Act, promotes a better comprehension of individual responsibilities and obligations relating to the Acts and offers a greater understanding of the internal ATIP process. During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, 241 Service employees viewed the ATIP online module.

7. Policies, Guidelines, Procedures and Initiatives

The Service did not implement new policies, guidelines and procedures because of new TBS policies and directives. However, the Service provided recommendations to the TBS Access to Information Act review initiative where TBS requested the input of 265 federal government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act in relation to the legislation itself, proactive publication as well as processes and systems used.

8. Issues and Actions Taken on Complaints or Audits

Section 30(1) of the Act provides requesters with the right to file a complaint with the OIC should they be dissatisfied with the response to their access to information request. Reasons for complaints include the refusal of an institution to disclose records, missing information, and delays in receiving a response. Fifty-two (52) complaints were registered with the OIC during the 2020-2021 fiscal year. This represents eight percent (8 %) of the total number of ATIA requests received throughout the fiscal year.
Table 4.  Reasons for complaints

Reasons for complaints

Number of complaints

Delay (Deemed refusal)

7

Refusal - Exemption or Exclusion

4

Refusal - No Records or incomplete searches

37

Miscellaneous

4

Total

52

OIC investigators closed and issued their findings on forty-four (44) complaints. They determined that fifty percent (50 %) were not well founded, while thirty-nine percent (39 %) of the complaints were discontinued. There were five (5) complaints found to be well founded; however, they were resolved and did not require any action from the Service.

Figure 7 : Findings for closed complaints
  Resolved: Well-Founded Not Well-Founded Discontinued
  5 22 17

CSIS continues to work closely with the OIC in order to resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner. The Service reviews the outcome of all investigations by the OIC and where appropriate, integrates lessons learned into corporate processes. The CSIS ATIP Section prides itself on providing excellent service and a proactive approach.

There were no audits conducted during the reporting period.

There were no Court actions filed against CSIS relating to the Act during the reporting period.

9. Monitoring Compliance

There is a robust case monitoring system in place using reports produced by the ATIP Case Management software. Requests are monitored by the Chief ATIP as well as the unit Heads on an ongoing basis. The ATIP Coordinator conveys compliance issues to the Director General, Litigation and Disclosure Branch when required.

10. Other

During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, the ATIP Section incurred $ 903,213 in salary costs and $ 192 in other costs associated with the administration of the Access to Information Act.

2020-2021 Statistical report on the Access to Information Act

Name of the institution: Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Reporting period: 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Section 1 – Requests under the Access to Information Act

1.1 Number of Requests

  Number of Requests
Received during reporting period 624
Outstanding from the previous period 119
Total 743
Closed during reporting period 658
Carried over to the next period 85

1.2 Sources of Requests


Source
Number of Requests
Media 121
Academia 38
Business (Private Sector) 113
Organization 6
Public 303
Decline to Identify 43
Total 624

1.3 Informal Requests

Completion Time
1 to 15
Days
16 to 30
Days
31 to 60
Days
61 to 120
Days
121 to
180 Days
181 to
365 Days
More
Than 365
Days
Total
520 90 200 13 0 0 0 823

Note: All requests previously recorded as "treated informally" will now be accounted for in this section only.

Section 2: Decline to act on vexatious, made in bad faith or abuse of right requests

  Number of Requests
Outstanding from previous reporting period 0
Sent during reporting period 0
Total 0
Approved by the Information Commissioner during reporting period  0
Declined by the Information Commissioner during  reporting period  0
Carried over to next reporting period 0

Section 3: Requests Closed During the Reporting Period

3.1 Disposition and completion time

Disposition of requests Completion time
1 to 15 days 16 to 30 days 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121 to 180 days 181 to 365 days More than 365 days Total
All disclosed 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
Disclosed in part 44 33 41 45 25 35 21 244
All exempted 28 15 2 4 0 0 0 49
All excluded 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
No records exist 111 50 6 13 4 1 0 185
Request transferred 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Request abandoned 57 2 0 2 0 0 0 61
Neither confirmed nor denied 57 47 9 3 0 0 0 116
Decline to act with the approval of the Information Commisioner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 298 147 60 67 29 36 21 658

3.2 Exemptions


Section
Number of Requests
13(1)(a) 58
13(1)(b) 3
13(1)(c) 7
13(1)(d) 6
13(1)(e) 0
14 0
14(a) 0
14(b) 0
15(1) 44
15(1) - International Affairs 6
15(1) - Defence of Canada 2
15(1) - Subversive Activities 298
16(1)(a)(i) 167
16(1)(a)(ii) 4
16(1)(a)(iii) 227
16(1)(b) 32
16(1)(c) 245
16(1)(d) 0
16(2) 17
16(2)(a) 0
16(2)(b) 0
16(2)(c) 9
16(3) 0
16.1(1)(a) 0
16.1(1)(b) 0
16.1(1)(c) 0
16.1(1)(d) 0
16.2(1) 0
16.3 0
16.4(1)(a) 0
16.4(1)(b) 0
16.5 0
17 8
18(a) 0
18(b) 0
18(c) 0
18(d) 0
18.1(1)(a) 0
18.1(1)(b) 0
18.1(1)(c) 0
18.1(1)(d) 0
19(1) 150
20(1)(a) 1
20(1)(b) 3
20(1)(b).1 0
20(1)(c) 0
20(1)(d) 0
20.1 0
20.2 0
20.4 0
21(1)(a) 53
21(1)(b) 44
21(1)(c) 5
21(1)(d) 6
22 6
22.1(1) 0
23 31
23.1 0
24(1) 243
26 0

3.3 Exclusions


Section
Number of Requests
68(a) 5
68(b) 0
68(c) 0
68.1 0
68.2(a) 0
68.2(b) 0
69(1) 2
69(1)(a) 9
69(1)(b) 8
69(1)(c) 4
69(1)(d) 13
69(1)(e) 8
69(1)(f) 0
69(1)(g) re (a) 17
69(1)(g) re (b) 13
69(1)(g) re (c) 14
69(1)(g) re (d) 19
69(1)(g) re (e) 19
69(1)(g) re (f) 6
69.1(1) 0

3.4 Format of information released


Disposition
Paper Electronic Other formats
Total 59 188 0

3.5 Complexity

3.5.1 Relevant pages processed and disclosed

Disposition of requests Number of pages processed Number of pages disclosed Number of requests
Total 41,415 11,887 473

3.5.2 Relevant pages processed and disclosed by size of requests

Disposition Less than 100 pages processed 101 to 500 pages processed 501 to 1000 pages processed 1001 to 5000 pages processed More than 5000 pages processed
Number of requests Pages disclosed Number of requests Pages disclosed Number of requests Pages disclosed Number of requests Pages disclosed Number of requests Pages disclosed
All disclosed 3 279 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 193 3,570 39 4,181 7 2,000 4 1,815 1 42
All exempted 45 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Request
abandoned
60 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Neither confirmed nor denied 116 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Declined to act with the approval of the Information Commissioner 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 417 3,849 43 4,181 7 2,000 5 1,815 1 42

3.5.3 Other complexities


Disposition
Consultation Required Assessment of Fees Legal Advice Sought Other Total
All disclosed 1 0 0 0 1
Disclosed in part 91 0 8 0 99
All exempted 0 0 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0 0 0
Request abandoned 1 0 0 0 1
Neither
confirmed nor denied
1 0 0 0 1
Declined to act with the approval of the Information Commissioner 0 0 0 0 0
Total 94 0 8 0 102

3.6 Closed requests

3.6.1 Number of requests closed within legislated timelines

  Requests closed within legislated timelines
Number of requests closed within legislated timelines 531
Percentage of requests closed within legislated timelines (%) 80.7

3.7 Deemed refusals

3.7.1 Reasons for not meeting statutory deadline

Number of requests closed past the statutory deadline Principal Reason
Interference with Operations / Workload External consultation Internal consultation Other
127 4 35 5 83

3.7.2 Requests closed beyond legislated timelines (including any extension taken)

Number of Days Past Legislated Timelines Number of Requests Past Legislated Timeline Where No Extension Was Taken Number of Requests Past Legislated Timeline Where an Extension Was Taken Total
1 to 15 days 11 1 12
16 to 30 days 4 4 8
31 to 60 days 17 13 30
61 to 120 days 21 15 36
121 to 180 days 7 1 8
181 to 365 days 8 18 26
More than 365 days   0 7 7
Total 68 36 127

3.8 Requests for translation


Translation Requests
Accepted Refused Total
English to French 0 0 0
French to English 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0

Section 4: Extensions

4.1 Reasons for extensions and disposition of requests

Disposition of request where an extension was taken 9(1)(a)
Interference with operations
9(1)(b)
Consultation
9(1)(c)
Third party notice
Section 69 Other
All disclosed 2 0 0 0
Disclosed in part 53 4 78 0
All exempted 1 0 0 0
All excluded 0 0 0 0
No records exist 2 0 1 0
Request abandoned 0 0 1 0
Decline to act with the approval of the Information Commissioner 0 0 0 0
Total 58 4 80 0

4.2 Length of extensions


Length of extensions
9(1)(a)
Interference with operations
9(1)(b)
Consultation
9(1)(c)
Third party notice
Section 69 Other
30 days or less 19 0 4 0
31 to 60 days 16 0 10 0
61 to 120 days 21 0 44 0
121 to 180 days 1 3 15 0
181 to 365 days 1 1 7 0
More than 365 days 0 0 0 0
Total 58 4 80 0

Section 5: Fees


Fee Type
Fee Collected Fee Waived or Refunded
Number of requests Amount Number of requests Amount
Application 503 $ 2,515 155 $ 775
Other fees 0 $0 0 $0
Total 503 $ 2,515 155 $ 775

Section 6: Consultations received from other institutions and organizations

6.1 Consultations received from other government institutions and organizations


Consultations
Other Government of Canada Institutions Number of pages to review Other organizations Number of pages to review
Received during reporting period 95 2,476 1 79
Outstanding from the previous reporting period 293 42,373 0 0
Total 388 44,849 1 79
Closed during the reporting period 158 30,913 1 79
Pending at the end of the reporting period 230 13,936 0 0

6.2  Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other Government of Canada institutions


Recommendation
Number of Days Required to Complete Consultation Requests
1 to 15 days 16 to 30 days 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121 to 180 days 181 to 365 days More than 365 days Total
Disclose entirely 5 2 0 5 0 0 1 13
Disclose in part 23 13 13 13 10 17 52 141
Exempt entirely 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Exclude entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Consult other institution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3
Total 29 15 14 18 10 17 55 158

6.3 Recommendations and completion time for consultations received from other organizations


Recommendation
Number of days required to complete consultation requests
1 to 15 days 16 to 30 days 31 to 60 days 61 to 120 days 121 to 180 days 181 to 365 days More than 365 days Total
Disclose entirely 5 2 0 5 0 0 1 13
Disclose in part 23 13 13 13 10 17 52 141
Exempt entirely 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Exclude entirely 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Consult other institution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3
Total 29 15 14 18 10 17 55 158

Section 7: Completion Time of Consultations on Cabinet Confidences

7.1 Requests with Legal Services

Number of Days Fewer Than 100 Pages Processed 101-500 Pages Processed 501-1000 Pages Processed 1001-5000 Pages Processed More Than 5000 Pages Processed
Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed
1 to 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 to 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 to 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
61 to 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
121 to 180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
181 to 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More than 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

7.2 Requests with Privy Council Office

Number of Days Fewer Than 100 Pages Processed 101‒500 Pages Processed 501-1000 Pages Processed 1001-5000 Pages Processed More Than 5000 Pages Processed
Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed Number of Requests Pages Disclosed
1 to 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 to 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 to 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
61 to 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
121 to 180 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
181 to 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
More than 365 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Section 8: Complaints and Investigations

Section 32 Notice of intention to investigate Subsection 30(5) Ceased to investigate Section 35 Formal representations Section 37 Reports of finding received Section 37 Reports of finding containing recommendations issued by the Information Commissioner Section 37 Reports of finding containing orders issued by the Information Commissioner
52 0 83 44 0 0

Section 9: Court Action 

9.1 Court actions on complaints received before June 21, 2019 and on-going

Section 41 (before June 21, 2019) Section 42 Section 44 Total
0 0 0 0

9.2 Court actions on complaints received after June 21, 2019

Section 41 (after June 21, 2019)
Complainant (1) Institution (2) Third Party (3) Privacy Commissioner (4) Total
0 0 0 0 0

Section 10: Resources Related to the Access to Information Act

10.1 Costs

Expenditures Amount
Salaries $ 903,215
Overtime $ 836
Goods and Services $ 192
Professional services contracts 0$  
Other $ 192
Total $ 904,241

10.2 Human Resources

Resources Person Years Dedicated to Access to Information Activities
Full-time employees 10.00
Part-time and casual employees 1.00
Regional staff 0.00
Consultants and agency personnel 0.00
Students 0.00
Total 11.00

2020-2021 Supplemental Statistical Report on the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act

Section 1: Capacity to Receive Requests

Enter the number of weeks your institution was able to receive ATIP requests through the different channels

  Number of weeks
Able to reveive requests by mail 44
Able to receive requests by email 0
Able to receive requests through the digital request service 44

Section 2: Capacity to Process Records

2.1 Enter the number of weeks your institution was able to process paper records in different classification levels.

  No Capacity Partial Capacity Full Capacity Total
Unclassified Paper Records 8 14 30 52
Protected B Paper Records 8 14 30 52
Secret and Top Secret Paper Records 8 14 30 52

2.2 Emter the number of weeks your institution was able to process electronic records in different classification levels.

  No Capacity Partial Capacity Full Capacity Total
Unclassified Electronic Records 8 14 30 52
Protected B Electronic Records 8 14 30 52
Secret and Top Secret Electronic Records 52 0 0 52
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