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APPENDIX 3- Amendments and proposed amendments to the Access to Information Act

Changes to the Schedules and Designation Order
in 2007-2008

Statute or Order in Council Bill Citation Came into force Change
An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on May 2, 2006 C-13 S.C. 2006, c. 4 November 10, 2006 Adds an institution to Schedule I
Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act C-11 S.C. 2005, c. 46 April 15, 2007 Creates new exemptions in sections 16.4 and 16.5 

Adds institutions to Schedule I
Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan Act and the Old Age Security Act C-36 S.C. 2007, c. 11 May 3, 2007 Schedule II: changes section 104.01 of theCanada Pension Plan Act and section 33.01 of the Old Age Security Act
An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Railway Safety Act C-11 S.C. 2007, c. 19 June 22, 2007 Schedule II: changes section 51 of the Canada Transportation Actand section 29 of the Competition Act
An Act to amend certain Acts in relation to DNA identification C-18 S.C. 2007, c. 22 June 22, 2007 Schedule II: changes section 6 of the DNA Identification Act
An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act, the Excise Act 2001 and others C-40 S.C. 2007, c. 18 June 22, 2007
(section 134 is deemed to have come into force on June 22, 2003)
Schedule II: changes section 295 of the Excise Tax Act 

Adds a reference to section 211 of theExcise Act, 2001
Order 2007-1148         September 27, 2007 Adds an institution to Schedule I
Order 2007-1450         September 27, 2007 Adds an institution to the Designation Order
P.C. 2007-1685 and P.C. 2007-1686         November 2, 2007 Schedule II: proclaims the Motor Vehicle Fuel Consumption Standards Act in force
An 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 C-25 S.C. 2006, c. 12 Some provisions December 14, 2007 

Others: February 10, 2007
Schedule II: changes section 55 of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and section 241 of the Income Tax Act
An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 19, 2007 and to implement certain provisions of the economic statement tabled in Parliament on October 30, 2007 C-28 S.C. 2007, c. 35 December 14, 2007 Schedule II: changes section 241 of the Income Tax Act and section 101 of theCanada Petroleum Resources Act

Proposed changes to the Act

Substantive changes

  • Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Aeronautics Act

    Second Session; was referred to as Bill C-6 in the First Session

    Last step: Third Reading Debates, November 2, 2007

    More provisions have been added to Schedule II, adding grounds for exemptions. The proposed sections provide that, in certain circumstances, information regarding the safety and security of aeronautical activities and information collected by flight data recorders would be confidential and would not be disclosed, except in some circumstances. Further, the Bill provides that specific confidentiality provisions would apply to investigations carried out by the Airworthiness Investigative Authority.

  • Bill C-426, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act (protection of journalistic sources and search warrants)

    First and Second Session

    Last step: Committee meeting, March 6, 2008

    The Bill would enact a statutory protection to ensure the confidentiality of journalistic sources. The disclosure of information to journalists would therefore be privileged unless very specific conditions were met. This could have serious implications for the manner in which some information under the control of federal institutions may be transmitted to the public and the integrity of the decisionmaking process on disclosure of information under the Access to Information Act.

  • Bill S-216, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Canadian Wheat Board Act

    Second Session; was referred to as Bill S-224 in the First Session

    Last step: Second Reading Debates, March 13, 2008

    This Bill intends to amend Schedule I by removing the Canadian Wheat Board from the coverage of the Act.

  • Bill S-223, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act

    First Session

    Last step: Second Reading Debates, May 15, 2007

    The Bill provides for changes to the exemption in section 16.1 (exemption for agents of Parliament). It proposes to add the Auditor General and the Commissioner of Official Languages to the list of agents of Parliament whose records may, in some instances, be disclosed after completion of an investigation. The Bill also provides for a public interest override, which means that in every instance, except for information that relates to national security, the head of a federal institution would be required to disclose information if it is in the public interest to do so.

  • Bill C-470, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act (response time)

    Second session

    Last step: First Reading, October 30, 2007

    The Bill provides for a report to be given to the requester and the Office of the Information Commissioner explaining the delay and the projected completion date when a request is still outstanding 100 days after it was received. With this notice, the requester could decide to engage in the complaint procedure earlier or could decide to wait, depending on the explanation and the projected completion date. It would allow the Office to monitor the frequency with which federal institutions are late in responding to access requests.


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