Under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), you have a right to ask certain public-sector organizations in Ontario for information they hold.
Anyone can make a request for information, there are no restrictions based on age or where you live.
The information you request could include:
- Electronic records
- Sound recordings
|Not all information is available through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. Some records cannot be released under Freedom of Information laws.
Exclusions and exemptions include:
|List of organizations|
|You can make a request for information from:
|Types of records|
|Information available under FIPPA from ministries and covered provincial agencies is listed in a Directory of Records.
This directory divides government record holdings into four categories:
The personal information bank
Personal information organized by an individual's name or other personal identifiers.
Personal information available to all members of the public.
General information that is not considered a Personal Information Bank or Public Records.
A personal information bank that is common to more than one organization
|How to make a request|
Step 1: identify the information/records you want.
If you need help, the Directory of Records describes what kinds of information are held by provincial ministries and agencies covered by FIPPA.
Step 2: identify the relevant organization(s) that has the information you want.
If you need help identifying an organization, use the Directory of Institutions (a list of all public-sector organizations covered under Freedom of Information laws).
Step 3: If you need assistance, call the Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) coordinator at the organization you want information from.
The FOIP coordinator:
Step 4: make an official FOI request (if needed).
You will get a written response to confirm that your request has been received. Organizations have 30 calendar days to process FOI requests except in specific circumstances. They will notify you if a time extension is required.
$5.00 for each FOI request. There is no application fee for a correction request to your own personal information.
Check with the organization to see what forms of payment are available.
Additional fees apply to process a request.
The process fees depend on the nature of the request, including:
You will receive a fee estimate if your processing fees will be more than $25. When processing fees are over $100, a deposit is required.
|Appeal a request|
|You have the right to appeal any decision about access to records, made by organizations that are covered under Freedom of Information laws.
This includes appealing, if you request for information is denied.
You may file an appeal with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.
|Questions about a request|
|If you need assistance, please call the Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) coordinator at the organization you want information from.
For more information on Freedom of Information requests, please visit the Government of Ontario website.