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Freedom of Information

The legal right to access public records

This is to inform our community regarding the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This Act gives individuals the legal right to access public records as well as the right to expect the Board to protect their personal information. The Board complies with the requirements of the Act and all available records are accessible unless exempt in accordance with the legislation.

If you wish information, you only need to ask and it will be provided by the teacher or other Board employee. If they are uncertain as to the authority for releasing the information, or if the information is not readily accessible, your request may be referred to the Principal or to the Senior Manager of Human Resources & Policy Development / FOI and Privacy.

The Act authorizes Boards to charge a $5.00 administrative fee per request. Should the information requested require manually searching and/or preparation of a record, Boards may charge $7.50 per 1/4 hour spent by any person. Boards may also charge $0.20 cents per page for photocopies and computer print outs, or $10 per CD-ROM.

If you are not satisfied with the response you have received, you can appeal this decision to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. You may also lodge a complaint with the Commissioner's office if you feel the Board has breached your personal privacy. They may be reached by calling 1-800-387-0073 or fax number (416) 325-9195. For further information, please see their website IPCExternal link


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