Make an access to information or personal information request

The first step in making an Access to Information or Personal Information request is to determine which institution holds the information you are requesting. Please refer to Info Source to find out what each institution does and what information it holds.

Submitting an online request

Using the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Online Request service is a fast, easy and convenient way to submit requests for access to information or personal information.

Apply online today to save time.

This service enables individuals to make online requests for information under the control of Government of Canada institutions instead of having to print, scan and mail a paper form to the correct institution.

The following institutions participate in the Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Online Request service:

This service supports the commitments of Canada’s Action Plan on Open Government 2014–16 to modernize the administration of access to information and privacy services across the federal government. 

Mailing your request

To make a request by mail to an institution, please complete either the

Please include details that would assist the ATIP Office in locating the relevant records.

Please note that a $5 application fee only applies to Access to Information requests. There is no fee for requests for personal information.

Address your request to one of the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinators, which are listed by institution.


What is the difference between an Access to Information request and a Personal Information request?

Canadian citizens, permanent residents, individuals present in Canada and corporations located in Canada can request information in federal government records that are not of a personal nature through an Access to Information request.

Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals present in Canada have the right to access personal information held about them by the Government of Canada through a Personal Information request.

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