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

Act current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2014-10-01. Previous Versions

Marginal note:For greater certainty
  •  (1) For greater certainty, any provision of this Act that applies to a government institution that is a parent Crown corporation applies to any of its wholly-owned subsidiaries within the meaning of section 83 of the Financial Administration Act.

  • Marginal note:For greater certainty

    (2) For greater certainty, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board are parent Crown corporations for the purposes of this Act.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 142.
Marginal note:For greater certainty

 For greater certainty, for the purposes of this Act, information that relates to the general administration of a government institution includes information that relates to expenses paid by the institution for travel, including lodging, and hospitality.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 142.

DESIGNATION

Marginal note:Power to designate Minister
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may designate a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada to be the Minister for the purposes of any provision of this Act.

  • Marginal note:Power to designate head

    (2) The Governor in Council may, by order, designate a person to be the head of a government institution, other than a department or ministry of state, for the purposes of this Act.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 142.

ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT RECORDS

Right of Access

Marginal note:Right to access to records
  •  (1) Subject to this Act, but notwithstanding any other Act of Parliament, every person who is

    has a right to and shall, on request, be given access to any record under the control of a government institution.

  • Marginal note:Extension of right by order

    (2) The Governor in Council may, by order, extend the right to be given access to records under subsection (1) to include persons not referred to in that subsection and may set such conditions as the Governor in Council deems appropriate.

  • Marginal note:Responsibility of government institutions

    (2.1) The head of a government institution shall, without regard to the identity of a person making a request for access to a record under the control of the institution, make every reasonable effort to assist the person in connection with the request, respond to the request accurately and completely and, subject to the regulations, provide timely access to the record in the format requested.

  • Marginal note:Records produced from machine readable records

    (3) For the purposes of this Act, any record requested under this Act that does not exist but can, subject to such limitations as may be prescribed by regulation, be produced from a machine readable record under the control of a government institution using computer hardware and software and technical expertise normally used by the government institution shall be deemed to be a record under the control of the government institution.

  • R.S., 1985, c. A-1, s. 4;
  • 1992, c. 1, s. 144(F);
  • 2001, c. 27, s. 202;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 143.