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C. Changes to Schedule I and II
(i) Institutions Added to Schedule I
The following institutions were added to Schedule I:
- Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions / Bureau du directeur des poursuites pénales [section 129 of the Federal Accountability Act]
- Corporation for the Mitigation of Mackenzie Gas Project Impacts / Société d’atténuation des répercussions du projet gazier Mackenzie [section 210 of the Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tables in Parliament on May 2, 2006, S.C. 2006, c. 4; came into force on November 10, 2006 (SI/2006-0132) ]
- Office of the Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund /Bureau de l’administrateur de la Caisse d’indemnisation des dommages dus à la pollution par les hydrocarbures causée par les navires [SOR/2006-0217; September 21, 2006]
- Public Appointments Commission Secretariat / Secrétariat de la Commission des nominations publiques [SOR/2006-70; May 17, 2006]
- First Nations Financial Management Board / Conseil de gestion financière des premières nations ; First Nations Statistical Institute / Institut de la statistique des premières nations ; First Nations Tax Commission / Commission de la fiscalité des premières nations [section 147 of the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act, S.C. 2005, c. 9, came into force on April 1st, 2006; SI/2006-0059]
- Assisted Human Reproduction Agency of Canada / Agence canadienne de contrôle de la procréation assistée [section 72 of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, S.C. 2004, c.2; came into force on January 12, 2006 (SI/2005/42)]
- Canadian Wheat Board /Commission canadienne du blé
- Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada / Fondation Asie-Pacifique du Canada
- Canada Foundation for Innovation / Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation
- Canada Foundation for Sustainable Development Technology / Fondation du Canada pour l'appui technologique au développement durable
- Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation / Fondation canadienne des bourses d'études du millénaire
- The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation / La Fondation Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau
- Office of the Auditor General of Canada / Bureau du vérificateur général du Canada
- Office of the Chief Electoral Officer / Bureau du directeur général des élections
- Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages / Commissariat aux langues officielles
- Office of the Information Commissioner / Commissariat à l’information
- Office of the Privacy Commissioner / Commissariat à la protection de la vie privée
[sections 165-171 of the Federal Accountability Act]
- Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner / Commissariat à l’intégrité du secteur public; Registry of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal / Greffe du Tribunal de la protection des fonctionnaires divulgateurs d’actes répréhensibles [section 221 of the Federal Accountability Act]
- Canadian Centre for the Independent Resolution of First Nations Specific Claims / Centre canadien du règlement indépendant des revendications particulières des premières nations [section 78 of the Specific Claims Resolution Act, S.C. 2003, c. 23]
(ii) Institutions Struck Out from Schedule I
Schedule I to the Act was amended by striking out the following:
- Canadian Firearms Centre / Centre canadien des armes à feu [SOR/2006-99; May 17, 2006; the program was transferred to the RCMP]
- Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists / Bureau du directeur des lobbyists and add: Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying / Commissariat au lobbying [sections 90 and 91 of the Federal Accountability Act]
Since the Federal Accountability Act provides for a new definition of "government institution", when that section comes into force (on September 1st, 2007), the Crown Corporations and their wholly-owned subsidiaries will be struck out from Schedule I as they will be included by part (b) of the definition.
(iii) Changes to Schedule II
The following changes were made to Schedule II:
- Add: Export Development Act / Loi sur le développement des exportations and a corresponding reference to "section 24.3" [sections 172 and 179 of the Federal Accountability Act]
Section 24.3 provides that all information obtained in relation to a customer is privileged and must not be communicated except for the administration or enforcement of the Act, for prosecution of an offence, or to the Minister of National Revenue for the purpose of administrating or enforcing the Income Tax Act or the Excise Tax Act, or with the consent of the person.
- Amendment:Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act / Loi sur le droit à l’exportation de produits de bois d’oeuvre and the corresponding reference to "section 20" was struck out and replaced by Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, 2006 / Loi de 2006 sur les droits d’exportation de produits de bois d’oeuvre and a corresponding reference in respect of that Act to "section 84" [sections 118 and 119 of Softwood Lumber Products Export Charge Act, 2006; S.C., 2006, c.13, came into force or are deemed to have come into force on October 12, 2006].
Section 84 provides that any information of any kind and in any form that relates to one or more persons and that is obtained by or on behalf of the Minister for the purposes of this Act, and any information that is prepared from such information, shall not be disclosed. There are some exceptions such as for administration or enforcement of this Act or other such as the Customs Act; for criminal proceedings; any legal proceedings under an international agreement relating to trade before a court; the Minister may provide to appropriate persons any confidential information relating to imminent danger of death or physical injury to any individual; with the consent of the person. Also, despite any other Act of Parliament or other law, no official shall be required, in connection with any legal proceedings, to give or produce evidence relating to any confidential information.
- Amendment: Section 241 of the Income Tax Act, already listed in Schedule II
Section 241 was amended to allow the Canada Revenue Agency to disclose to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service information about charities suspected of being involved in terrorist financing activities. The changes to section 241 provide that an official may disclose some information in specific circumstances for the purposes of the administration and enforcement of the Charities Registration (Security Information) Act. [Act to amend the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and the Income Tax Act and to make a consequential amendment to another Act, S.C. 2006, c. 12; came into force on February 10, 2007 (SI/2007-18)].
- Add: First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act / Loi sur la gestion financière et statistique des Premières nations and a corresponding reference to "section 108" [section 148 of the First Nations Fiscal and Statistical Management Act; S.C. 2005, c. 9, came into force on April 1st, 2006; (SI/2006-0059)]
Section 108 provides that identifiable individual returns shall not be examined except by person employed by the Institute or in some circumstances such as for the conduct of a prosecution, or in accordance with an agreement made under section 106. Also, the First Nations Chief Statistician may authorize the disclosure of some specific information.
- Amendment: Section 17 of the Statistics Act, already listed in Schedule II
The Act to amend the Statistics Act (S.C. 2005, c. 31) came into force on Royal Assent on June 29, 2005, and added the following to the Statistics Act, affecting section 17:
18.1 (1) The information contained in the returns of each census of population taken between 1910 and 2005 is no longer subject to sections 17 and 18 ninety-two years after the census is taken.
(2) The information contained in the returns of each census of population taken in 2006 or later is no longer subject to sections 17 and 18 ninety-two years after the census is taken, but only if the person to whom the information relates consents, at the time of the census, to the release of the information ninety-two years later.
(3) When sections 17 and 18 cease to apply to information referred to in subsection (1) or (2), the information shall be placed under the care and control of the Library and Archives of Canada.
It should be noted that a mandatory review is provided for the administration and operation of subsection 18.1(2) [section 2].
- Add: Canada Elections Act / Loi électorale du Canada and a corresponding reference to "section 540" [section 172.01 of the Federal Accountability Act]
Section 540 provides that no election documents or documents related to the Register of Electors can be inspected or produced except by order of a judge. There are two exceptions: inspection for the purpose of an inquiry under section 510 or a prosecution for an offence under the Act.
- Add: Specific Claims Resolution Act / Loi sur le règlement des revendications particulières and a corresponding reference to "section 38 and subsections 62(2) and 75(2)" [section 79 of the Specific Claims Resolution Act (S.C. 2003, c. 23)]
Section 38 and paragraphs 62(2) and 75(2) provides that information related to a specific claim cannot be disclose unless the parties to the claim consent, that hearings are public except when necessary, and that the Commission or the Tribunal can take any measures to keep confidential documents filed confidential in some circumstances.