Freedom of Information Reform — Enhancing Access. Protecting Privacy.

The B.C. government is committed to making real and meaningful improvements to its information management practices. This includes looking at ways to improve the Freedom of Information process and enhancing privacy protection to safeguard your personal information. An important part of this process is to include the input from people like you.

The Ministry of Citizens’ Services wants your ideas about how you want to access the information that is important to you and how we can ensure your personal information is protected to the highest possible standards.

The Ministry has already received a number of recommendations for changes to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and other valuable feedback from a variety of groups — including a Special Committee of the Legislative Assembly and the Information and Privacy Commissioner. We are continuing to meet with others who can help inform future changes and improvements.

Now it is your turn to tell us what you think about the process and opportunities for improvement.

You can participate by joining the online discussion, submitting written feedback, reading submissions from others, and learning more about how access to information and privacy work.

Once we have this feedback, it will inform any changes and improvements to access to information and privacy protection. We look forward to sharing this information with you in the coming months.

Discussion #5: Fees for FOI requests

Posted on March 19, 2018

One of the things we hear a lot about is fees for Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. We never charge fees when you ask government for your own personal information. But we can charge fees for specific services related to responding to a “general” FOI request (that is, one that is for non-personal information). Sometimes you hear about... Read More

Discussion #4: Getting access to the information you want — without making an FOI request

Posted on March 12, 2018
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We know that British Columbians expect easy access to the information that’s important to them.  When government makes more information available, that can lead to increased understanding and dialogue and can create opportunities for meaningful engagement with British Columbians. Did you know that B.C. was the first province in Canada to... Read More

Discussion #3: Protecting your privacy

Posted on March 6, 2018

FOIPPA’s two main purposes are to provide access to information and to protect the personal information that government holds. We talked about how FOI requests work in the last post. In future posts, we’ll talk about how we make information available outside of the FOI process, and we’ll also talk about some other topics related to... Read More

Discussion #2: The FOI Process

Posted on February 23, 2018

Freedom of Information (FOI) is an important democratic right. While many British Columbians may have heard of FOI, not everyone has -submitted a request, so you may not know how the process actually works. The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) gives you the right of access to most government records. There are some... Read More

Discussion #1: Welcome

Posted on February 23, 2018

Thank you for visiting B.C.’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) review website. There are many different perspectives on Freedom of Information (FOI) and Privacy. We want to hear from people and organizations across our Province who have an interest in access to information and privacy and have thoughts to share on... Read More