Charging Fees When No Records Are Found?

Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and its Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) both give institutions the right to charge fees for the work involved in responding to an Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Besides the $5.00 application fee (which is applicable to every disclosure request),Continue reading “Charging Fees When No Records Are Found?”

Why Charge an Application Fee for Each FOI Request?

Last week, news organizations announced with dismay that British Columbia may impose an application fee of $25 for Freedom of Information requests filed in that province. Currently, in British Columbia, applicants can file an FOI request for free and pay no search charges unless the request is for public records (rather than personal information) andContinue reading “Why Charge an Application Fee for Each FOI Request?”

The “Law Enforcement” Exemption (FIPPA s.14 / MFIPPA s.8)

An overview of the Law Enforcement disclosure exemption, including why you should know it, and some of its more interesting features, such as when it permits institutions to refuse to confirm or deny the existence of a record.