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The Legislation

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) establishes the right to the protection of privacy as well as a the public’s right to access information held by municipal institutions.

The Region recognizes the right of access by the public to information and records under the custody and control of the Regional corporation as an essential element of the services we provide. The Region is committed to openness and transparency by respecting both the spirit and requirements of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the Act) and its regulations.

The propose of the Act is to provide a right of access to government held information including :

  • accessing municipal government information, most general records and records containing one’s own personal information, subject to limited and specific exemptions; and
  • requesting a correction to your own personal information, which you believe to be inaccurate.

Information can be obtained in two ways:

  • informally - also called “routine disclosure” via website or program areas; or
  • formally - through a Freedom of Information requests

The Act also establishes a legislative framework to protect personal information held by government institutions by establishing a framework that governs how personal information may be collected, used, retained and disclosed by municipal institutions.


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