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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474 decisions found

Sep 18
2023

Communications Security Establishment Canada, 5822-07830

Institution
Communications Security Establishment Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-00043
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than January 20, 2024.
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Sep 11
2023

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Re), 2023 OIC 25

Institution
Fisheries and Oceans
Section of the Act
19(1)
20(1)(a)
20(1)(b)
20(1)(c)
Decision Type
Order
Final report
Summary

The complainant alleged that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) had improperly withheld information under subsection 19(1) (personal information), and paragraphs 20(1)(a) (third-party trade secrets), 20(1)(b) (confidential third‐party financial, commercial, scientific or technical information) and 20(1)(c) (financial impact on a third party) of the Access to Information Act. This was in response to an access request for correspondence between DFO and Deep Water Recovery. The complaint falls within paragraph 30(1)(a) of the Act.

The application of subsection 19(1) to withhold the records at issue was removed from the scope of the complaint. Furthermore, both DFO and the third party conceded that paragraphs 20(1)(a) and 20(1)(c) should not have been applied to withhold information.

Neither DFO nor the third party showed that the records met all the requirements of paragraph 20(1)(b).

The complaint is well founded.

The Information Commissioner ordered DFO to disclose the information.

DFO gave notice that it would implement the order.

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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-05545

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-03092
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-03709

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-03062
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-03720

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-03321
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-04410

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-03080
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-04405

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2018-00822
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-03714

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-03070
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-03713

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-03069
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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Sep 7
2023

Library and Archives Canada, 5819-03710

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-03063
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide complete responses to the access requests no later than October 31, 2023.
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