Freedom of Information
What is Freedom of Information (F.O.I.)?
F.O.I. is a commonly used term that refers to Ontario’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The Act came into force in 1991, and applies to all Ontario municipalities, local boards, agencies and commissions.
What is the purpose of F.O.I.?
The fundamental purpose of the freedom of information system is accountability to the public. The spirit of the Act is to create an open and accountable government by providing as much information as possible to the public, while ensuring that their personal privacy is protected.
What are my rights under F.O.I.?
The Act gives individuals two legal rights:
The right to access government information, including most general records, and personal information about yourself; and the right to the protection of personal information which may be held within government records.
How do I get the information I want?
First, you should approach the Department you believe has the information you are looking for and simply ask for it. In most situations, you will be given a copy of the information without having to submit a formal request under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
If you are denied access to the information, staff will explain why, and may suggest that you submit a formal request under the Act.
The City’s Freedom of Information Co-ordinator and the Management Board Secretariat are both ready and available to answer any questions regarding the operation of the Act and your rights of access and privacy protection.
Please feel free to contact the Clerk’s Office staff:
City Clerk’s Office
26 Francis Street
P.O. Box 9000
Lindsay, Ontario K9V 5R8
Phone: (705) 324-9411 ext 1295
Management Board Secretariat
Access and Privacy
58 Wellesley Street West, 18th Floor