Access to information and privacy
Access to information in the federal government
The Access to Information Act gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and any person or corporation present in Canada a right to access records of government institutions that are subject to the Act. The Act complements other policies and procedures intended to make government information publicly available, such as open government initiatives and proactive disclosure of travel and hospitality expenses, contracts, and other frequently-requested information. This page provides links to the Act as well as policy instruments and tools supporting its administration.
The Privacy Act gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and individuals present in Canada the right to access their personal information held by government institutions that are subject to the Act, and protects that information against unauthorized collection, use, retention and disclosure. The Act complements other acts and procedures for access to personal information. This page provides links to the Act as well as policy instruments and tools supporting its administration.
Services and information
There are several options when making an access to information or personal information request. Using the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Online Request service is a fast, easy and convenient way to submit a request. This service allows individuals to make online requests for information to participating government institutions instead of having to print, scan, mail or email a paper form. However, this link will also explain how to make a request by mail or e-mail.
This list, alphabetized by institution, provides the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the ATIP coordinators in all ATIP offices across the federal government.
Search the summaries of completed Access to Information (ATI) requests to find information about ATI requests previously made to the Government of Canada. If you find a summary of interest, you can request a copy of the records at no cost.
About the review of access to information, how the review will work and how to participate
See our action plan for the Government of Canada
Summaries of assessments of privacy risks for TBS initiatives
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Learn more about the Technology and Tools behind the ATIP Online Request System
Find out how privacy and access to personal information work and what you can expect as a person seeking information.
The Access to Information and Privacy Statistical Report summarizes government-wide statistics about the administration of the Access to Information and Privacy Act.
Find out more about the most significant amendments to the Access to Information Act since 1983.
Find summaries of court decisions that affect how we understand privacy and personal information in Canada.
Find out which government institutions hold personal information and how it is managed.
Here is a glossary of terms and acronyms related to privacy and personal information.
Find out more about the role of the Information Commissioner of Canada by visiting their website.
Find out more about the role of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by visiting their website.
Joint letter to underscore to all those who practice science in the Government that we stand firmly behind the principle that you can discuss your important work with each other and with Canadians.
Relevant information to access personal information held by government institutions.
Information and guidance on the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.
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