Ad hoc Commissioner
On April 1, 2007, the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) became subject to the Access to Information Act. Anyone who believes that an access request submitted to us was improperly handled is entitled to make a complaint about our handling of the access request.
To ensure the integrity of the complaints process, an independent Commissioner ad hoc has been mandated to investigate complaints about the OIC. The Commissioner ad hoc is assisted by an investigator and has the same powers and obligations as the Information Commissioner with regard to conducting investigations and making recommendations.
Since 2007, the position has been held in turn by the Honorable Peter C. Cory, the Honorable W. Andrew MacKay, and Mario Dion.
The current Commissioner ad hoc is John Sims, who was named on May 6, 2011.
Mr. Sims is a member of the Ontario Bar, and retired from the Public Service of Canada on April 2, 2010 after 32 years, five as Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada. Throughout his career, Mr. Sims has been recognized for outstanding achievements, high standards of ethical and professional conduct, excellence in leadership and preeminent public service. In 2010, the Prime Minister presented Mr. Sims with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada.
Complaints about the OIC's handling of an access request should be sent to:
Commissioner Ad Hoc
P.O. Box 55036
240 Sparks Street