Can an institution consult a sample of affected persons rather than notifying everyone?

[A]n unidentified individual has filed an FOI request with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) for the following information:

“List of all Ontario businesses with a Farm Business Registration. If possible I would like their FBR number as well, but at the very least, I just need the names of the businesses that are registered.”

The Affected Person Process

The affected person process is one of the most important and visible ways that FIPPA and MFIPPA balance the public’s right of access against the rights of individuals and organizations to prevent the disclosure of their personal and confidential information.  Other names for the process include the “notice to affected person” process, “third party notice” process, the “affected third party” process, and the “affected third person” process.

An introduction to Freedom Of Information

Up to this point I’ve written many articles on the “finer points” of responding to Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests.  But today I would like to present an article addressed to all of those people who are just starting out as an FOI professional – who might appreciate

Stop the clock! How different actions affect the deadline

The guidance presented in this article is intended for institutions in Ontario responsible for responding to Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests under either the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) or the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA). As noted in the previous article on how to countContinue reading “Stop the clock! How different actions affect the deadline”