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Freedom of Information Request

MUNICIPAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT

This Provincial act applies to municipalities, local boards, agencies and commissions. The Act protects the privacy of an individual’s personal information, and also provides the right to request access to most government information. An individual may request correction to personal information through this Act.

Personal Information

“Personal information” is anything that can be connected to you as an individual, including but not limited to name, address, sex, age, education, medical or employment history, financial transactions, etc. It also includes your personal opinions, and other people’s opinions about you.

Personal information cannot be collected or disclosed without the individual’s permission, except under specific circumstances.

Access

Certain records are considered public information, and do not require an official access request. For access to your own personal records, or other general records that are not routinely made available publicly, a request must be made in writing. A form for this purpose is available below.

A request must be as specific as possible and must include a $5.00 application fee payable to the Town of New Tecumseth. You will receive a response to your request within 30 days. Fees are charged for search time, preparation time, photocopying, shipping, etc. Some information may not be available if it falls within specific exemptions listed in the Act.

Appeals

You may appeal the Town’s decision to the Provincial Information and Privacy Commission. There is a $10.00 fee for personal information requests, and a $25.00 fee for general records.

Further Information

For further information you may visit the Government of Ontario’s website at www.mgs.gov.on.ca/en/infoaccessandprivacy/index.htm or the office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner at www.IPC.on.ca.

You can also contact the Clerks Department at 705-435-3900 or 905-729-0057 at extension 1221.