Citizens correspond with council or municipal administration on a variety of issues. Some of these issues, such as bylaw enforcement, may contain personal information about citizens. There is legislation in place that requires municipalities to protect personal information of citizens, employees and others, as well as ensure this information is not routinely or widely shared.
The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (also referred to as LAFOIP) is an Act respecting a right of access to a local authority's documents and a right of privacy with respect to personal information held by a local authority. A municipality may only collect, use and disclose personal information that is authorized under this legislation.
Under LAFOIP, the mayor or reeve makes all decisions and takes all actions concerning the release of information under this Act, unless this authority has been delegated to a municipal employee.
Section 117 of The Municipalities Act outlines what documents the public has the authority to obtain and inspect from the municipal office, without the need to file a request under LAFOIP.