The Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) was established in 1983 under the Access to Information Act to support the work of the Information Commissioner of Canada.
OIC staff carry out confidential investigations into complaints about federal institutions’ handling of access requests, giving both complainants and institutions the opportunity to present their positions.
The OIC strives to maximize compliance with the Act, using the full range of tools, activities and powers at the Commissioner’s disposal. These include negotiating with complainants and institutions without the need for formal investigations, making formal recommendations to resolve matters at the conclusion of investigations, and bringing cases to the Federal Court to ensure the Act is properly applied and interpreted.
The OIC supports the Information Commissioner in her advisory role to Parliament and parliamentary committees on all matters pertaining to access to information. The OIC also actively makes the case for greater freedom of information in Canada through targeted initiatives such as Right to Know Week and ongoing dialogue with Canadians, Parliament and federal institutions.
The Commissioner is supported by three deputy commissioners and a staff complement of approximately 90 employees.
The information Commissioner of Canada is supported by three deputy commissioners:
- Deputy Commissioner, Investigations
- Deputy Commissioner, Legal Services and Public Affairs
- Deputy Commissioner, Corporate Services, Strategic Planning and Transformation Services