(MFIPPA Access Request Form click on link to access form)
The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) came into effect on January 1, 1991. The legislation applies to all municipalities in Ontario and to various other local government institutions. The Act does not apply to private companies, credit bureaus, hospitals, doctors' records or to federal government institutions.
There is also a separate act that applies specifically to Ontario's Provincial Ministries and agencies.
Principles of the Act
General Operation of the Act
Central Elgin's Approach
The Municipality of Central Elgin promotes accountable and transparent government:
* Records should be available to the public;
* Individuals should have access to their own personal information;
* Exemptions to access should be limited and specific;
* Institutions should protect the privacy of individuals with respect to personal information held by institutions.
If the request is on the official request form from the Act (available from the Municipal Office or online here) or if it is only a letter or email but the letter or email refers to the Act, then the matter must be processed in accordance with the Act. Fortunately, the legislation does have a feature in it that allows requesters to withdraw requests. Central Elgin's experience has been that people often opt to withdraw formal requests when they discover that the information they are looking for is readily available to them. This "informal route" is usually faster and less expensive.
Fees established by Ontario Regulation
The following are the fees that shall be charged for the purposes of subsection 45 (1) of the Act for access to a record:
The following are the fees that shall be charged for the purposes of subsection 45 (1) of the Act for access to personal information about the individual making the request for access:
If a head gives a person an estimate of an amount payable under the Act and the estimate is $100 or more, the head may require the person to pay a deposit equal to 50 per cent of the estimate before the head takes any further steps to respond to the request.
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