Decisions

The Information Commissioner publishes the final reports on her investigations on this website when she deems them to be of value in providing guidance to both institutions and complainants.

The Office of the Information Commissioner has established the Decisions Database to enable users to search final reports and other decisions, which outline the reasons and principles behind the Commissioner’s decisions and filter them using a number of criteria.

This database is updated regularly and continues to grow as more final reports, decisions and orders are added. The dates indicated refer to the date on which the decision was rendered.

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597 decisions found

Mar 12
2024

Canada Revenue Agency, 5823-02163

Institution
Canada Revenue Agency
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-155747
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than October 31, 2024.
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Mar 12
2024

Environment and Climate Change Canada, 5823-02531

Institution
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2023-00997
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than the 36th business day following receipt of the final report.
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Mar 12
2024

Canada Revenue Agency, 5823-02165

Institution
Canada Revenue Agency
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-155771
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request on the 36th business day following the date of the final report.
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Mar 12
2024

Canada Revenue Agency, 5823-02166

Institution
Canada Revenue Agency
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-155773
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request on the 36th business day following the date of the final report.
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Mar 12
2024

Canada Revenue Agency, 5823-02164

Institution
Canada Revenue Agency
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-155770
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than September 16, 2024.
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Mar 11
2024

Health Canada, 5821-01940

Institution
Health Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2021-000717
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than 90 business days after receipt of my final report.
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Mar 11
2024

Health Canada, 5822-05155

Institution
Health Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-000938
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than December 31, 2024.
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Mar 11
2024

Canada Post, 5823-02262

Institution
Canada Post
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2023-00040
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than the 36th business day following receipt of the final report.
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Mar 4
2024

Public Services and Procurement Canada, 5823-00980

Institution
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-00406
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than May 1, 2024.
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Feb 29
2024

National Defence (Re), 2024 OIC 06

Institution
National Defence
Section of the Act
15(1)
Decision Type
Recommendation
Final report
Summary

The complainant alleged that National Defence (DND), when responding to a request under the Access to Information Act, had improperly withheld information under subsections 15(1) [international affairs and national security] and 19(1) [personal information].  The request was for historical information regarding the Intelligence Advisory Committee.

The investigation determined that the withheld information did not meet the requirements of both subsections 15(1) and 19(1). As a result, the institution undertook a re-review of the exemptions and undertook two (2) separate supplementary responses in which additional information, previously withheld, was disclosed to the complainant.

Following the institution’s second supplementary response, the complainant narrowed the scope of their complaint to only the institution’s reliance on subsection 15(1) on several specific pages of responsive records.

The institution has subsequently proposed a third supplementary response to the complainant in which they have agreed to disclose additional information previously withheld, however, portions would still remain exempt pursuant to subsection 15(1).

The Information Commissioner concluded that the remaining withheld information does not meet the requirements of subsection 15(1), particularly with regard to the issue of harm since the injury that may result in disclosing the information is not apparent.

The Commissioner recommended that DND disclose all of the information that remains withheld under subsection 15(1).

The institution gave notice to the Commissioner that it would not be implementing her recommendation.

The complaint is well-founded.

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