I cannot comment on the disclosures and redactions related to orders for the production of documents, as the process falls outside of the regime in which my office operates.
A greater focus on voluntary disclosure of data and decisions related to the pandemic is warranted. Canadians, now more than ever, want to know about decisions that affect their health as well as the economy.
At the outset of the pandemic, I began signalling to the government about the importance of the right of access and the need for institutions to properly capture and store government records during times of crisis. I called on the heads of institutions to lead by example and to act now to preserve the right of access during the pandemic.
The Access to Information Act gives a right to access information under the control of government institutions. The Act also provides a right to complain to the Information Commissioner about matters related to an access request made under the Act, such as the following:
the institution’s response to the request
the fact that the institution did not respond to the request
how an institution treated the request.
Individuals may also complain about other matters related to requesting and accessing records under Part 1 of the Act, even if they did not make an access request.