FOI and ATIP Request for Gov’t of Canada


Freedom of Information is known as Access to Information and Privacy in Canada federally. Provinces may have their own access organizations for provincially held information.

Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Online Request

What information is available under the Access to Information Act and Privacy Act?

List of access to information and privacy coordinators by institution

Department of Justice Access to Information and Privacy Office



Personal Information Request Form –

Access to Information Request Form –

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What is the role of the Information Commissioner of Canada?

The Information Commissioner of Canada:

  • Helps to ensure that Canada’s freedom of information law is respected;
  • Defends the rights of those making information requests by investigating complaints of requestors who believe federal institutions have not respected their rights under the Access to Information Act;
  • Encourages federal institutions to make information more easily available to the public to keep the federal government accountable to Canadians; and
  • Promotes awareness of the importance of open and transparent government.

The Commissioner is independent of government and is answerable to Parliament.


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