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?”

FOI In The News (April 23, 2019)

CBC News: Overburdened public bodies seek fees, restrictions on freedom of information requests Ian Froese, April 11, 2019 In Manitoba, there is currently no charge to apply for access to records, and requestors are allotted two free hours for search and preparation time.  As part of a review of Manitoba’s Freedom of Information and ProtectionContinue reading “FOI In The News (April 23, 2019)”