Important notices

Privacy  

The Government of Canada and the Office of the Information Commissioner are committed to providing visitors with websites that respect their privacy. This page summarizes the privacy policy and practices on the Office of the Information Commissioner website.

  • Our website does not automatically gather any specific personal information from you, such as your name, phone number or e-mail address. We would only obtain this type of information if you supply it by sending us a letter or reaching us by telephone
  • We employ software programs to monitor network traffic for two reasons: to help us assess whether our site is meeting users' needs, and to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer that has contacted our website, the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.

Questions or comments regarding this policy, or the administration of the Privacy Act in the Office of the Information Commissioner may be directed to us by e-mail to general@oic-ci.gc.ca. If you are not satisfied with our response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Copyright/Permission to reproduce

Materials on this website were produced and/or compiled by the Office of the Information Commissioner to provide Canadians with direct access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada.

The materials are covered by the provisions of the Copyright Act, by Canadian laws, policies, regulations and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.

Non-commercial reproduction

Information on this website has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal and public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole and by any means, without charge or further permission from the Office of the Information Commissioner. We ask only that:

  • users exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;

  • the Office of the Information Commissioner be identified as the source department; and

  • the reproduction not be represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made, in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Office of the Information Commissioner.

Commercial reproduction

Reproduction of multiple copies of materials on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution is prohibited except with written permission from the Government of Canada's copyright administrator, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). Through the permission granting process, PWGSC helps ensure that individuals/organizations wishing to reproduce Government of Canada materials for commercial purposes have access to the most accurate, up-to-date versions. To obtain permission to reproduce materials on this site for commercial purposes please contact:

Public Works and Government Services Canada
Canadian Government Publishing Directorate
350 Albert Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5

Or email: Copyright.Droitdauteur@pwgsc.gc.ca

Third-party materials

Some of the materials and graphical elements found on this website are subject to copyrights held by other organizations. In such cases, some restrictions on the reproduction of materials or graphical elements may apply and it may be necessary to seek permission from the rights holder prior to reproducing the material. To obtain information concerning copyright ownership and restrictions on reproduction on this site, please contact:

Public Works and Government Services Canada
Canadian Government Publishing Directorate
350 Albert Street, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S5

Or email: Copyright.Droitdauteur@pwgsc.gc.ca >

Currency of content

The 'Last Updated' date that appears at the bottom of every page is the date that the information was originally posted to the website, or the date that the web page was revised. It does not always reflect the date that the information appearing on the page was traditionally published in paper form. The date the information was originally issued may appear in the document.

Official languages

The Office of the Information Commissioner respects the Official Languages Act, and is committed to ensuring all information on this site is available in both French and English. However, users should be aware that some information from external sources may be available only in the language in which it was provided.