Once the government institution or local authority has received your Access to Information Request Form, it has 30 days to provide you a response. In limited circumstances the response period can be extended by an additional 30 days. You will be informed if this happens. This flowchart may help you to better understand the process once you’ve submitted your request.
If you are not satisfied with the response received, you may contact the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review the decision. Examples of when this might occur are if there is:
- A refusal to grant access to all or part of a record;
- A refusal to make a correction to personal information; or
- An extension of the 30-day deadline.
If the Commissioner reviews the matter and you are still not satisfied, the decision can be appealed to the Court of Queen's Bench.
The Information and Privacy Commissioner also has the authority to investigate concerns with the privacy practices of a government institution or local authority.
The information on this website does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with your own legal counsel for legal advice related to either. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.