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Access to Information Act

Version of section 3 from 2003-07-02 to 2006-12-11:

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

alternative format

support de substitution

alternative format, with respect to a record, means a format that allows a person with a sensory disability to read or listen to that record; (support de substitution)



Court means the Federal Court; (Cour)

designated Minister

ministre désigné

designated Minister, in relation to any provision of this Act, means such member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada as is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of that provision; (ministre désigné)

foreign state

État étranger

foreign state means any state other than Canada; (État étranger)

government institution

institution fédérale

government institution means any department or ministry of state of the Government of Canada listed in Schedule I or any body or office listed in Schedule I; (institution fédérale)


responsable d’institution fédérale

head, in respect of a government institution, means

  • (a) in the case of a department or ministry of state, the member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada presiding over that institution, or

  • (b) in any other case, the person designated by order in council pursuant to this paragraph and for the purposes of this Act to be the head of that institution; (responsable d’institution fédérale)

Information Commissioner

Commissaire à l’information

Information Commissioner means the Commissioner appointed under section 54; (Commissaire à l’information)



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 thereof; (document)

sensory disability

déficience sensorielle

sensory disability means a disability that relates to sight or hearing; (déficience sensorielle)

third party


third party, in respect of a request for access to a record under this Act, means any person, group of persons or organization other than the person that made the request or a government institution. (tiers)

  • R.S., 1985, c. A-1, s. 3
  • 1992, c. 21, s. 1
  • 2002, c. 8, s. 183

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