News Release

Information Commissioner launches a systemic investigation into the Department of National Defence

Gatineau, December 21, 2018 — The Information Commissioner of Canada has initiated a systemic investigation into the Department of National Defence (DND) based on allegations the department inappropriately withheld information during the processing of access to information requests.

The department has confirmed with Commissioner Maynard that they will conduct an internal investigation into these allegations. The Commissioner welcomes this action while undertaking to conduct her own independent investigation.

The Access to Information Act provides under section 30(3) that the Information Commissioner may initiate a complaint if there are reasonable grounds to investigate a matter relating to requesting or obtaining access to records.

The Act contains strict confidentiality provisions to protect the integrity of investigations under the Act. As such, no additional information or comments can be provided.  

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Natalie Bartlett
Manager, Communications and Linguistic Services
Office of the Information Commissioner
Tel.: 819-994-1068
Email: Natalie.Bartlett@ci-oic.gc.ca