A Freedom of Information FOI request is a formal process to ask for copies of the records and personal information about yourself or someone you are responsible for. It is also a way to access general information about non-personal information or records that could be released , in whole or in part, to anyone. Legislation for your request allows for business days, with many requests completed sooner. There are occasions where your request may take longer than 30 days, and may incur fees, depending on the amount of work required. There are no fees for personal FOI requests.

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Click here for Policy Definitions. Purposes of this Act. Scope of this Act. Information rights. How to make a request. Duty to assist applicants. Time limit for responding. Contents of response. How access will be given. Extending the time limit for responding. Transferring a request. Cabinet and local public body confidences. Policy advice or recommendations. Legal advice. Disclosure harmful to law enforcement. Disclosure harmful to intergovernmental relations or negotiations.

Disclosure harmful to the financial or economic interests of a public body. Disclosure harmful to the conservation of heritage sites, etc. Disclosure harmful to individual or public safety. Information that will be published or released within 60 days.

Disclosure harmful to business interests of a third party. Disclosure harmful to personal privacy. Notifying the third party. Time limit and notice of decision.

Information must be disclosed if in the public interest. Purpose for which personal information may be collected. How personal information is to be collected. Accuracy of personal information. Right to request correction of personal information. Protection of personal information. Retention of personal information. Use of personal information. Disclosure of personal information. Definition of consistent purposes. Disclosure for research or statistical purposes. Disclosure for archival or historical purposes.

Appointment of commissioner. Resignation, removal or suspension of commissioner. Acting commissioner. Salary, expenses and benefits of commissioner. Staff of commissioner. General powers of commissioner. Power to authorize a public body to disregard requests.

Powers of commissioner in conducting investigations, audits or inquiries. Statements made to the commissioner not admissible in evidence. Protection against libel or slander actions. Restrictions on disclosure of information by the commissioner and staff.

Protection of commissioner and staff. Delegation by commissioner. Role of Ombudsman. Annual report of commissioner. Right to ask for a review. How to ask for a review. Notifying others of review. Mediation may be authorized. Inquiry by commissioner. Burden of proof. Commissioner's orders. Duty to comply with orders. Adjudicator to investigate complaints and review decisions. Powers, duties and protections of adjudicator. Conduct and outcome of the review. Delegation by the head of a public body.

Consultative committee. Annual report of minister. General information respecting use of personal information. Policy manuals available without request.

Records available without request. Protection of public body from legal suit. General offences and penalties. Power to make bylaws. Relationship of Act to other Acts. Review of Act. Right to disclose preserved. Schedule 1 - Definitions. Schedule 2 - Public Bodies. Schedule 3 - Governing Bodies of Professions or Occupations.

Comments will be sent to 'servicebc gov. Enter your email address if you would like a reply:. The information on this form is collected under the authority of Sections 26 c and 27 1 c of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to help us assess and respond to your enquiry.

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FOIPPA Policy & Procedures Manual

Contents Part 1 — Introductory Provisions 1 Definitions 2 Purposes of this Act 3 Scope of this Act Part 2 — Freedom of Information Division 1 — Information Rights and How to Exercise Them 4 Information rights 5 How to make a request 6 Duty to assist applicants 7 Time limit for responding 8 Contents of response 9 How access will be given 10 Extending the time limit for responding 11 Transferring a request Division 2 — Exceptions 12 Cabinet and local public body confidences 13 Policy advice or recommendations 14 Legal advice 15 Disclosure harmful to law enforcement 16 Disclosure harmful to intergovernmental relations or negotiations 17 Disclosure harmful to the financial or economic interests of a public body 18 Disclosure harmful to the conservation of heritage sites, etc. License Disclaimer. Part 1 — Introductory Provisions. Part 2 — Freedom of Information. Extending the time limit for responding. Division 2 — Exceptions.


FIPPA-Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Division 3 — Notice to Third Parties. Division 4 — Public Interest Paramount. A the public body to identify an individual for the purpose of providing a service to the individual, or. B the provincial identity information services provider to provide services under section A the individual normally receives such disclosure only inside Canada for the purpose of performing those duties, and. B the outside disclosure is necessary because the individual is temporarily travelling outside Canada;.



The purpose of FIPPA is to make public bodies, such as the University of Victoria, accountable to the public and to protect personal privacy. Access to information: FIPPA establishes an individual's right to access records, subject to limited exceptions, in the custody or control of the University of Victoria, including access to individual's own personal information. Access applies to records that exist on the date an Access Request is submitted to UVic. Privacy: FIPPA also sets out the terms under which the University of Victoria can collect, use, disclose, and dispose of the personal information of individuals. The University of Victoria is held accountable for its information practices. FIPPA requires that UVic protect personal information by making reasonable security arrangements against unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure or disposal.


What is Freedom of Information in British Columbia?

The Privacy Act covers disputes between private citizens and is outside of the Commissioner's jurisdiction. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act sets out the access and privacy rights of individuals as they relate to the public sector. FIPPA establishes an individual's right to access records, including access to a person's own "personal information" as well as records in the custody or control of a "public body" -- see Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 for a list of public bodies that are covered by FIPPA. There are certain exceptions to accessing records - for example, a public body cannot disclose information that would be harmful to law enforcement, personal privacy or public safety. Policy advice and legal advice are also excluded. These exceptions are explained out in sections 12 to In addition to establishing an individual's right to access records, FIPPA also sets out the terms under which a public body can collect, use and disclose " personal information " of individuals.

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