Access to information in the federal government
The Access to Information Act gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents and any person or corporation present in Canada a right to access records of government institutions that are subject to the Act. The Act complements other policies and procedures to make government information publicly available, such as open government initiatives and proactive disclosure of travel and hospitality expenses, contracts and other frequently-requested information. This page provides links to the Act as well as policy instruments and tools supporting its administration.
Services and information
Find out how to request access to government records.
Find out how access to information works and what you can expect as a person seeking information.
The Access to Information and Privacy Statistical Report summarizes government-wide statistics about the administration of the Access to Information Act.
Find summaries of court decisions that affect how we understand access to information in Canada.
Find out which government institutions hold what records.
Here is a glossary of terms and acronyms related to access to information.
Find out more about the role of the Information Commissioner of Canada by visiting their website.
Search summaries of access to information requests to obtain records that have already been released by the Government of Canada.
The Government of Canada has committed to improving access to information. Read about our consultations on proposed changes to the Access to Information Act, which took place in May and June 2016.
What we are doing
- What We Heard – Revitalizing Access to Information Online Consultations, May-June 2016
- Reducing Delays in the Processing of Access to Information Requests
- Report on the TBS Study of Best Practices for Access to Information Requests Subject to Particular Processing
Acts and regulations
Policies and guidance
- Policy on Access to Information
- Interim Directive on the Administration of the Access to Information Act
- Access to Information Manual
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