Forward Regulatory Plan: 2021 to 2023: Amending the Access to Information Regulations
Title or working title of regulatory initiative
Amending the Access to Information Regulations
Bill C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019. Bill C-58 amended the Access to Information Act to remove the legislative authority to enact regulations for any fees other than the application fee, and amendments to the Access to Information Regulations are therefore necessary to remove all references to search and preparation fees. Amendments to the Access to Information Regulations are also required to provide clear authority for institutions to require adequate identification from requesters to confirm they have a right of access under the Access to Information Act or to records including personal information.
To repeal regulatory provisions regarding search and preparation fees.
To add a regulatory authority for institutions to require adequate identification to confirm right of access and to protect privacy.
This regulatory initiative is included in the department’s Regulatory Stock Review Plan: 2020 to 2030.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)
Regulatory cooperation is not applicable as this initiative is specific to the federal access to information program and does not have any impact on the provinces, territories or international jurisdictions.
Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses
There are no expected impacts on Canadians, including businesses, because the government has already eliminated reproduction, search and preparation fees by policy.
Pre-publication of the draft amendments in the Canada Gazette, Part I, is targeted for fall 2020.
Links to additional information
Departmental contact information
This regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan: 2016-2018
For more information
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