Earlier this year, the Government of Canada launched a review of the Access to Information Act. This initiative will examine the legislative framework, consider opportunities to improve proactive publication to make information openly available, and assess processes and systems to improve service and reduce delays. The Government of Canada will engage Canadians on these important issues and will also seek the views of Indigenous peoples on aspects of the Access to Information Act that are of particular importance to them.
The Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act are both federal statutes that have quasi-constitutional status. There are similar provisions and elements in both Acts, including nearly identical exceptions and exemptions to providing access to records and personal information that share the same public interest rationales, such as security, confidentiality, and privacy.
These aspects of the Privacy Act will benefit from public input to the Government’s review of the Access to Information Act. Accordingly, this discussion paper will not address some of these common elements, including the exceptions and exemptions to the right of accessing one’s personal information. These will be reviewed at a later date.
Consultation has concluded. Thank you for your contributions.