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?”

Is my organization legally obligated to respond to FOI requests?

Generally, individuals and private companies do not have a legal obligation to respond to requests for information from the public at large.  In contrast, government institutions generally do have an obligation to respond to requests for information that satisfy certain formal requirements. For organizations in Ontario, there are three FOI statutes that may apply:  TheContinue reading “Is my organization legally obligated to respond to FOI requests?”

What happens if my institution misses the deadline?

Freedom Of Information (FOI) laws are intended to provide the public with a right of access to information under the control of government institutions.  When an institution receives a formal FOI request, it is obligated to respond with a decision regarding the disclosure of the requested information within a reasonable timeframe. An effective FOI systemContinue reading “What happens if my institution misses the deadline?”