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 should be aware of their obligation to undertake a “reasonable effort” to locate responsive records under s.24 of the Freedom Of Information And Protection Of Privacy Act and s.17 of the Municipal Freedom Of Information And Protection Of Privacy Act.
The identity of the person who requested a list of all Ontario farms from OMAFRA, and why the request was made.
Since March, federal government offices have been reopening, but the government’s ability to respond to FOI requests has apparently not kept apace.
Patricia Kosseim started her term as the new Privacy Commissioner of Ontario this week. See her statement of introduction here: Message from the Commissioner Patricia Kosseim. All the best to Patricia Kosseim in her new role. If you’d like to stay engaged with further updates and see pre-release previews and demos of the FOI AssistContinue reading “Patricia Kosseim assumes the role of Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner”