The Access to Information Act gives Canadian citizens, individuals and corporations present in Canada the right to request access to any record under the control of a federal government institution. The Privacy Act provides citizens with the right to access personal information held by the government and protection of that information against unauthorized use and disclosure. Currently, over 250 government institutions such as, departments and agencies, Crown corporations and wholly-owned subsidiaries are subject to the Acts.
Requests for government information or personal information should be directed to the institution which has control of the record. Requests can either be made through the Access to Information and Privacy Online Request Pilot Project or by filling out the access to information request form or personal information request form and sending it to the institution’s Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator directly.