Access to Information Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. A-1)

Act current to 2014-12-08 and last amended on 2014-11-28. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Testing procedures, tests and audits

 The head of a government institution may refuse to disclose any record requested under this Act that contains information relating to testing or auditing procedures or techniques or details of specific tests to be given or audits to be conducted if the disclosure would prejudice the use or results of particular tests or audits.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 111, Sch. I “22”.
Marginal note:Internal audits
  •  (1) The head of a government institution may refuse to disclose any record requested under this Act that contains a draft report of an internal audit of a government institution or any related audit working paper if the record came into existence less than fifteen years before the request was made.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (2) However, the head of a government institution shall not refuse under subsection (1) to disclose a draft report of an internal audit of a government institution if a final report of the audit has been published or if a final report of the audit is not delivered to the institution within two years after the day on which the audit was first commenced.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 150.
Marginal note:Solicitor-client privilege

 The head of a government institution may refuse to disclose any record requested under this Act that contains information that is subject to solicitor-client privilege.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 111, Sch. I “23”.

Statutory Prohibitions

Marginal note:Statutory prohibitions against disclosure
  •  (1) The head of a government institution shall refuse to disclose any record requested under this Act that contains information the disclosure of which is restricted by or pursuant to any provision set out in Schedule II.

  • Marginal note:Review of statutory prohibitions by Parliamentary committee

    (2) Such committee as may be designated or established under section 75 shall review every provision set out in Schedule II and shall, not later than July 1, 1986 or, if Parliament is not then sitting, on any of the first fifteen days next thereafter that Parliament is sitting, cause a report to be laid before Parliament on whether and to what extent the provisions are necessary.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 111, Sch. I “24”.
Marginal note:Severability

 Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, where a request is made to a government institution for access to a record that the head of the institution is authorized to refuse to disclose under this Act by reason of information or other material contained in the record, the head of the institution shall disclose any part of the record that does not contain, and can reasonably be severed from any part that contains, any such information or material.

  • 1980-81-82-83, c. 111, Sch. I “25”.