Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario)

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Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Coat of Arms of Ontario.svg
Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Citation Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.31, s. 1
Territorial extent Province of Ontario
Date commenced 1 January 1988
Status: In force

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (R.S.O. 1990, c. F.31) (commonly abbreviated FIPPA) is an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. FIPPA legislates access to information held by public institutions in Ontario subject to specific requirements to safeguard the personal information of individuals.[1][2]

History[edit]

In 1977, the Williams Commission was convened with a mandate from Ontario's Attorney General to report on public information policies of the Government of Ontario. The Commission presented recommendations to the provincial legislature in August, 1980.[3]

After the long-standing Progressive Conservative government was defeated in 1985, the Liberal party established a minority government with the support of the New Democratic Party (NDP). One of the conditions for the NDP's support was passage of Bill 34, legislation which would establish new freedom of information and privacy protection law, and which relied on the recommendations of the Williams Commission. Bill 34 was originally introduced in July, 1985 and referred for public consultations between March 1986 and May 1987.[4]

The resulting Act came into effect on January 1, 1988.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.31, s. 1
  2. ^ "Information, Privacy and Archives Division (IPA)". Ontario Ministry of Government Services. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Cavoukian, Ann (May 2013). "The evolution of freedom of information in Ontario: From reactive to proactice disclosure". Academic Matters. Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Tom Mitchinson (February 16, 2001). "Public Interest" and Ontario's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Speech). British Columbia. Retrieved December 14, 2013.