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
Find out how to request access to government records.
Find out more about the Government of Canada commitments to improve the Access to Information Act.
The Access to Information and Privacy Statistical Report summarizes government-wide statistics about the administration of the Access to Information Act.
Find out how access to information works and what you can expect as a person seeking information.
Find out which government institutions hold what records.
Find summaries of court decisions that affect how we understand access to information in Canada.
Find out more about the role of the Information Commissioner of Canada by visiting their website.
Here is a glossary of terms and acronyms related to access to information.
Search summaries of access to information requests to obtain records that have already been released by the Government of Canada.
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Acts and regulations
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