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”

Say what? Clarifying and narrowing requests

Today’s article is intended for institutions in Ontario responsible for responding to 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). Often, an institution will receive an FOI request that is incomplete or unclear.  It isn’t always easy to knowContinue reading “Say what? Clarifying and narrowing requests”

How to count time and how to determine the initial 30-day deadline

Both federally, under the Access To Information Act (ATIA), as well as provincially in Ontario, under both the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) government institutions are permitted up to thirty (30) days to respond to requests for information. InContinue reading “How to count time and how to determine the initial 30-day deadline”

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?”