How many FOI requests should my institution expect to receive?

Every year, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPCO) publishes a statistical report which shows how many FOI requests each institution in Ontario received in a given year, as well as other statistics related to the performance of each institution’s FOI program, such as how many requests were completed in a given year, howContinue reading “How many FOI requests should my institution expect to receive?”

When is an FOI request frivolous or vexatious?

Besides the exemptions and exceptions available under Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), both FIPPA and MFIPPA also allow institutions to deny requests “if the head is of the opinion on reasonable grounds that the request for access isContinue reading “When is an FOI request frivolous or vexatious?”

Exemptions vs. Exclusions: What is the difference?

Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and its Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) both provide members of the public with a general right of access to government information, subject to certain exclusions and exemptions.  But what is the difference between an “exemption” and an “exclusion”? InContinue reading “Exemptions vs. Exclusions: What is the difference?”

The 2018-2019 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts by David Goodis

The Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts by David Goodis is the go-to guide to Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) as well as to Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).  The 2018-2019 edition just came out this week and my copyContinue reading “The 2018-2019 Annotated Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Acts by David Goodis”

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?”