Freedom of Information (“FOI”) requests filed to provincial and municipal institutions in Ontario dropped by 27% in 2020, from 60,394 requests filed across the province in 2019 down to 44,167 requests filed in 2020. This drop occurred during a year dominated by the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Institutions in Ontario have the option of “splitting up” a request, that is, deeming that a request with multiple parts is actually a number of separate, smaller requests, all received on the same day.
Patricia Kosseim, the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, has just launched a new podcast: “Info Matters”.
Issuing compliant written notices can be deceptively complicated, given the multiple sources of rules and guidance that come into play. Unfortunately, as seen above, issuing a notice which fails to meet the requirements can lead to an adverse decision against the institution in an appeal before IPCO.
The identity of the person who requested a list of all Ontario farms from OMAFRA, and why the request was made.