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Appendix 3. Amendments and proposed amendments to the Access to Information Act 

Changes to the Act, the Schedules and the Designation Order in 2008–2009 

Statute or Order in council Bill Citation Came into force Change
An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on January 27, 2009 and related fiscal measures C-10 S.C. 2009, c. 2

Royal Assent received on March 12, 2009.  

Came into force on July 1st 2009

Add the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Act to Schedule II and add a reference to subsection 45.3(1)
An Act to give effect to the Maanulth First Nations Final Agreement and to make consequential amendments to other Act C-41 S.C. 2009, c. 18

Royal Assent received on June 18, 2009  

Will come into force on April 1, 2011

Subsection 13(3) of the Access to Information Act and subsection 8(7) of the Privacy Act is amended by adding the following paragraph:

(f) a Maanulth Government, within the meaning of subsection 2(2) of the Maanulth First Nations Final Agreement Act.

SOR/2009-174      July 1, 2009 Adds the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Schedule 1
SI/2009-11     March 2nd,2009 Amends the Designation Order (repeals item 85.1: Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada)
SI/2009-33     April 30, 2009. Amends the Designation Order (repeals item 75.21: Office of the Registrar of Lobbyist)
SI/2009-35     April 30, 2009. Amends the Designation Order (repeals item 87.2: Queens Way West Land Corporation)
SI/2009-47     July 1, 2009 Adds the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the Designation Order
SI/2009-77     August 13, 2009 Adds the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario to the Designation Order
SI/2009-83     August 13, 2009 Adds the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency to the Designation Order
SI/2009-96     September 23, 2009 Adds the Veterans Review and Appeal Board to the Designation Order
 

Proposed changes to the Act  

Second and Third Sessions, Fortieth Parliament

Bills
BillProposed legislationLast stageChanges
C-9 An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on March 4, 2010 and other measuresCommittee meeting, May 4, 2010 This Bill deletes the Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada from Schedule I of the Act
C-278 AnAct to amend the Access to Information Act (response time)First reading, March 3, 2010 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. It also requires the Information Commissioner to report annually the number of outstanding requests.
C-326 An Act to amend the Access to Information Act (open government)First reading, March 3, 2010 The Bill implements the proposals contained in the Open Government Act, made by former Information Commissioner Reid in 2005.
C-334 An Act prohibiting the commission, abetting or exploitation of torture by Canadian officials and ensuring freedom from torture for all Canadians at home and abroad and making consequential amendments to other ActsFirst reading, March 3, 2010 The Bill amends section 15 of the Access to Information Act to ensure that it does not prevent the disclosure of records relating to torture.
C-366 An Act to establish and maintain a national Breast Implant RegistryFirst reading, March 3, 2010 The Bill adds the Registrar of the Breast Implant Registry to Schedule I and adds the Breast Implant Registry Act to Schedule II.
C-415 C-415 An Act to amend the Canada Marine Act (City of Toronto) and other Acts in consequenceFirst reading, March 3, 2010 This Bill amends Schedule I of the ATIA by striking out the Toronto Port Authority
C-418 C-418 An Act to establish a Children's Commissioner of CanadaFirst reading, June 11, 2009 This Bill proposes amendments to subsection 16.1(1) and Schedule I of the Access to Information Act
S-203 An Act to amend the Business Development Bank of CanadaCommittee meeting, November 5, 2009 The Bill proposes an amendment to Schedule II of the Access to Information Act.
S-206 An Act to create the Office of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentDebates at second reading, November 24, 2009 The Bill proposes amendments to subsection 16.1 and Schedule I of the Access to Information Act.
S-214 An Act to regulate securities and provide a single securities commission for CanadaDebates at second reading, October 28, 2009 The Bill proposes to exempt some information from disclosure.

Private member’s motions
MotionProposed legislationLast stageChanges
M-486 That, in the opinion of the House, the government should re-instate the Co-ordination of Access to Information Requests System, under the authority of Public Works and Government Services Canada, which was shutdown on April 1, 2008. Tabled March 4, 2010 — Mrs. Jennings (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine)  

Report
Report 2 - Access to Information Act Reform (Adopted by the Committee on March 11, 2010; Presented to the House on March 18, 2010)

Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)h)(vi), the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics has considered the 11th report, tabled in the House in the 2nd session of the 40th Parliament, entitled “The Access to Information Act: First Steps Towards Renewal”.  

Pursuant to the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, March 11, 2010, the Committee adopted the report and is retabling it, a copy of which is appended.

Report 4 - Main Estimates 2010-2011: Vote 40 under JUSTICE (Adopted by the Committee on March 30, 2010; Presented to the House on March 31, 2010) In accordance with its Order of Reference of Wednesday, March 3, 2010, your Committee has considered the Vote 40 under JUSTICE in the Main Estimates for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, and reports the same, less the amounts voted in Interim Supply.
  
Motions
Opposition Motion (Mr. Siksay) – March 15, 2010 That the House call on the government to recognize Canadians’ right to know and the principle of open government, rather than placing further restrictions on the release of information and opting for increased secrecy, and therefore this House urges the government to introduce within 30 days legislation based on former Information Commissioner John Reid’s draft bill to revise the Access to Information Act, in consultation with the Information Commissioner.
Concurrence Motion No. 3 March 18, 2010 — Mr. Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas) — That the Second Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented on Thursday, March 18, 2010, be concurred in.
Concurrence Motion No. 5 March 18, 2010 — Mr. Easter (Malpeque) — That the Second Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented on Thursday, March 18, 2010, be concurred in.
Concurrence Motion No. 7 March 18, 2010 — Ms. Foote (Random—Burin—St. George's) — That the Second Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented on Thursday, March 18, 2010, be concurred in.
Concurrence Motion No. 13 March 31, 2010 — Mrs. Block (Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar) — That the Second Report of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, presented on Thursday, March 18, 2010, be concurred in.