The OIC’s expertise with the Access to Information Act covers 35 years of conducting investigations and working within the system.
My mandate is derived from the Act and I see my role of advisor to Parliament as central. This is reflected in my office’s new vision and mission statements
The Amendments to the legislation made last June gave me additional powers, including:
order making powers
authorizing institutions not to process an access request when it is deemed to be vexatious or made in bad faith
publishing reports of my investigations
Amendments to the legislation included a mandatory legislative review of Act. My team and I are conducting a thorough review and formalizing our observations and recommendations, based on our experience with complaints.
My office has received a record number of access complaints while closing a record number of investigative files.
The OIC must be adequately resourced on a permanent basis if we are to meet the expectations of Canadians.
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.