List of summaries, consolidations and regulations
The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act allows people, subject to certain exemptions, to apply for access to information possessed or controlled by a local authority, such as a municipality, board of education, hospital or special-care home. The Act also establishes privacy rules for how a local authority may collect and use personal information.
If you would like to access general or personal information, you must contact the appropriate local authority. They may be able to help you immediately or will refer you to someone who can. If you can't get the information you need in this way, The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act can be used.
You must complete an application form with your name, address and enough information to let the local authority know which records you need. Application forms are available from the local authorities.
If you are refused access to a record or part of a record, you may ask the Information and Privacy Commissioner to review the decision. If the Commissioner reviews the matter and you are still not satisfied, the decision can be appealed to the Court of Queen's Bench.