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Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act

Version of section 2 from 2003-07-02 to 2015-06-17:

Marginal note:Definitions

  •  (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in this Part.

    alternative format

    alternative format, with respect to personal information, means a format that allows a person with a sensory disability to read or listen to the personal information. (support de substitution)

    commercial activity

    commercial activity means any particular transaction, act or conduct or any regular course of conduct that is of a commercial character, including the selling, bartering or leasing of donor, membership or other fundraising lists. (activité commerciale)


    Commissioner means the Privacy Commissioner appointed under section 53 of the Privacy Act. (commissaire)


    Court means the Federal Court. (Cour)

    federal work, undertaking or business

    federal work, undertaking or business means any work, undertaking or business that is within the legislative authority of Parliament. It includes

    • (a) a work, undertaking or business that is operated or carried on for or in connection with navigation and shipping, whether inland or maritime, including the operation of ships and transportation by ship anywhere in Canada;

    • (b) a railway, canal, telegraph or other work or undertaking that connects a province with another province, or that extends beyond the limits of a province;

    • (c) a line of ships that connects a province with another province, or that extends beyond the limits of a province;

    • (d) a ferry between a province and another province or between a province and a country other than Canada;

    • (e) aerodromes, aircraft or a line of air transportation;

    • (f) a radio broadcasting station;

    • (g) a bank;

    • (h) a work that, although wholly situated within a province, is before or after its execution declared by Parliament to be for the general advantage of Canada or for the advantage of two or more provinces;

    • (i) a work, undertaking or business outside the exclusive legislative authority of the legislatures of the provinces; and

    • (j) a work, undertaking or business to which federal laws, within the meaning of section 2 of the Oceans Act, apply under section 20 of that Act and any regulations made under paragraph 26(1)(k) of that Act. (entreprises fédérales)


    organization includes an association, a partnership, a person and a trade union. (organisation)

    personal health information

    personal health information, with respect to an individual, whether living or deceased, means

    • (a) information concerning the physical or mental health of the individual;

    • (b) information concerning any health service provided to the individual;

    • (c) information concerning the donation by the individual of any body part or any bodily substance of the individual or information derived from the testing or examination of a body part or bodily substance of the individual;

    • (d) information that is collected in the course of providing health services to the individual; or

    • (e) information that is collected incidentally to the provision of health services to the individual. (renseignement personnel sur la santé)

    personal information

    personal information means information about an identifiable individual, but does not include the name, title or business address or telephone number of an employee of an organization. (renseignement personnel)


    record includes any correspondence, memorandum, book, plan, map, drawing, diagram, pictorial or graphic work, photograph, film, microform, sound recording, videotape, machine-readable record and any other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, and any copy of any of those things. (document)

  • Marginal note:Notes in Schedule 1

    (2) In this Part, a reference to clause 4.3 or 4.9 of Schedule 1 does not include a reference to the note that accompanies that clause.

  • 2000, c. 5, s. 2
  • 2002, c. 8, s. 183

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