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 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.

Services and information

Request information

Find out how to request access to government records. 

How access to information and personal information requests work

Find out how access to information works and what you can expect as a person seeking information.

Statistics on access to information and privacy

The Access to Information and Privacy Statistical Report summarizes government-wide statistics about the administration of the Access to Information Act.

Court decisions related to access to information and privacy

Find summaries of court decisions that affect how we understand access to information in Canada.

Information about programs and information holdings

Find out which government institutions hold what records.

Glossary of terms related to access to information and privacy

Here is a glossary of terms and acronyms related to access to information.

The Information Commissioner of Canada

Find out more about the role of the Information Commissioner of Canada by visiting their website.

Summaries of access to information requests

Search summaries of access to information requests to obtain records that have already been released by the Government of Canada.

Revitalizing access to information

The Government of Canada has committed to improving access to information. Read about our consultations on proposed changes to the Access to Information Act, which took place in May and June 2016.

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