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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599 decisions found

Jan 22
2024

Canada Revenue Agency, 5823-01273

Institution
Canada Revenue Agency
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-151694
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide the complainant with a complete response to the access request no later than April 30, 2024.
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Jan 17
2024

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (Re), 2024 OIC 02

Institution
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs / Indigenous Services
Section of the Act
30(1)(a)
Decision Type
Order
Final report
Summary

The complainant alleged that Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) failed to conduct a reasonable search for records in response to an access request under the Access to Information Act for all communications including correspondence, briefing notes, emails in writing or electronic relating to the land claim of the Wood Mountain (Lakota) First Nation, from 2000 to 2020.

The OIC’s investigation confirmed that CIRNAC responded to the request with records dated from 2017 to 2020 but no records dated earlier than 2017. The OIC sought information from CIRNAC related to the program areas tasked to search for records and the parameters of the search. Initially, CIRNAC maintained that no records earlier than 2017 could be located.

The OIC noted records from the Wood Mountain First Nation’s initial claim in 2009 to the rejection of the claim in 2012 appeared to be missing. In response, after subsequent searches, CIRNAC informed the OIC that more records had been found.

The Information Commissioner ordered that CIRNAC complete the retrieval of the records identified by CIRNAC as responsive to the request and provide a new response to the complainant no later than 60 days after the effective date of the order. CIRNAC gave notice that it would implement the order.

The complaint is well founded.

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Jan 17
2024

Privy Council Office, 5822-04962

Institution
Privy Council Office
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-00176
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
Yes
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request on or before May 31, 2024.
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Jan 9
2024

Privy Council Office, 5822-05400

Institution
Privy Council Office
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2019-00307
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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Jan 9
2024

Privy Council Office, 5822-04963

Institution
Privy Council Office
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-00182
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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Jan 8
2024

Library and Archives Canada, 5820-03536

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2017-00833
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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Jan 8
2024

Canadian Heritage, 5822-07474

Institution
Canadian Heritage
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2022-00243
Did the institution give notice it would implement the order?
No response
Summary
Order: provide a complete response to the access request no later than the 36th business day after receipt of the final report.
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Jan 8
2024

Library and Archives Canada, 5820-03535

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2017-00832
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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Jan 8
2024

Library and Archives Canada, 5820-03533

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2017-00750
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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Jan 8
2024

Library and Archives Canada, 5820-03537

Institution
Library and Archives Canada
Section of the Act
7
Decision Type
Delay in responding to a request
Order
Institution file #
A-2017-00985
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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