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:
- deals with FOI requests made to their organization
- can tell you what information is held by their organization
- can let you know if you can get the information, without making a formal FOI request
Step 4: Make an Official FOI Request (if needed).
- Complete an Access or Correction Request Form (or prepare a written letter providing sufficient information to identify the records you want) (only for Ontario government ministries or institutions covered under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA))
- Submit your letter or completed form to the relevant organization
Freedom of Information Request Form (only for institutions that full under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA))
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.