An introduction to Freedom Of Information

Up to this point I’ve written many articles on the “finer points” of responding to Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests.  But today I would like to present an article addressed to all of those people who are just starting out as an FOI professional – who might appreciate

To whom can a head delegate his or her powers and duties?

As discussed previously, both the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FIPPA”) and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“MFIPPA”) impose responsibility for an institution’s FOI program directly on the individual who is the “head” of such institution.  However, in practice, at many institutions, the head is not closelyContinue reading “To whom can a head delegate his or her powers and duties?”

What are the requirements of a valid Freedom Of Information (FOI) request?

Government institutions across Canada generally have an obligation to respond to requests for information so long as the requests satisfy certain formal requirements.  A well-formed FOI request will legally compel a response from government; in contrast, a request that does not comply with the formal requirements is normally regarded as an informal inquiry, which doesContinue reading “What are the requirements of a valid Freedom Of Information (FOI) request?”