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Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Legislation

Access to Information Act

The Access to Information Act provides Canadians citizens, permanent residents and corporations present in Canada the right to access records that are under the control of federal government institutions, according to the principles that government information should be available to the public, necessary exceptions to the right of access should be limited and specific, and decisions on the disclosure of government information should be reviewed independently of government.

Privacy Act

The Privacy Act provides individuals with the right to access personal information about themselves that is held by federal government institutions. It also protects the privacy of individuals by preventing others from having access to their personal information and limits federal institutions' use of the personal information that they collect and retain.

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Principles for Assisting Requesters

When processing your request under the Access to Information Act or Privacy Act, we will:

In processing your access to information request under the Access to Information Act, or your personal information or personal information correction request under the Privacy Act, we will:

  1. Offer reasonable assistance throughout the request process.
  2. Provide information on the Act, including information on the processing of your request and your right to complain to the Information Commissioner of Canada or the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
  3. Inform you, as appropriate and without undue delay, when your request needs to be clarified.
  4. Make every reasonable effort to locate and retrieve the requested records.
  5. Apply limited and specific exemptions to the requested records.
  6. Provide accurate and complete responses.
  7. Provide timely access to the requested information.
  8. Provide records in the format and official language requested, as appropriate.
  9. Provide an appropriate location in the government institution where you can examine the requested information.