Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act affords a general right to access records held by municipal government, boards and commissions or local agencies. However, the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act requires that local government organizations protect the privacy of an individual’s personal information existing in government records. This Act also gives individuals the right to request access to municipal government information including most general records and records containing their own personal information.
- In general, any information held by the government must be made accessible to the public
- A request for information held by a government institution can be made by any person
- Exceptions to the availability of information should be limited to specific circumstances
- Decisions made relating to access to information can be reviewed by the independent Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
A mini-guide to the operations of the MFIPPA can also be viewed by on the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario website
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