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Access to Information Act

Version of section 3 from 2019-06-21 to 2024-04-01:

Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,

alternative format

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)

business day

business day means a day other than

  • (a) a Saturday;

  • (b) a Sunday or other holiday; and

  • (c) a day that falls during the Christmas recess, as defined in section 2 of the Federal Courts Rules; (jour ouvrable)


Court means the Federal Court; (Cour)

designated Minister

designated Minister means a person who is designated as the Minister under subsection 3.2(1); (ministre désigné)

foreign state

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

government institution

government institution means

  • (a) any department or ministry of state of the Government of Canada, or any body or office, listed in Schedule I, and

  • (b) any parent Crown corporation, and any wholly-owned subsidiary of such a corporation, within the meaning of section 83 of the Financial Administration Act; (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 who presides over the department or ministry, or

  • (b) in any other case, either the person designated under subsection 3.2(2) to be the head of the institution for the purposes of this Act or, if no such person is designated, the chief executive officer of the institution, whatever their title; (responsable d’institution fédérale)

Information Commissioner

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

personal information

personal information has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Privacy Act; (renseignements personnels)


record means any documentary material, regardless of medium or form; (document)

sensory disability

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 Part 1, 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
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 141
  • 2019, c. 18, s. 3

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