Education & Events

Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act- (MFIPPA) Learning the Ropes

Municipal Freedom of Information

AMCTO’s Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy workshop is a fast-paced and interactive workshop, which will provide a working understanding of MFIPPA using real life case examples and orders issued by the Information & Privacy Commission orders. Attendees will have the opportunity to work through various scenarios in order to help them understand the legislation, its interpretation and its practical application on a day to day basis.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • The Municipal Freedom of Information/Privacy Law framework in Ontario
  • Basics steps for responding to MFIPPA requests
  • Applying exemptions
  •  The role of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Creating a framework for protecting privacy in your municipality
  • Managing compliance

Why Attend:
This course will allow those with little exposure to MFIPPA to understand the basic tenets of the legislation. A step-by-step walk through the MFIPPA request process will outline the roles and responsibilities of the municipality and its officials, timelines, the application of exemptions, and the role of the Information & Privacy Commissioner. Discussion of relevant and timely case studies will provide useful context and background. Useful tips for creating a framework for compliance in your municipality will also be covered.
Who Should Attend: Anyone who deals with freedom of information or privacy compliance issues in a municipal setting.

About the Instructors:
Jim Purser, AMCT was the former Manager of Records and Information Services for the City of London. Prior to 2004 he held a similar position for the City of Kingston. Jim retired at the beginning of 2017 after 28 years of municipal service in records management and information access and privacy. Jim was a long time active member of both AIIM and ARMA International and is currently a retiree member of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. Since 2006 he has provided workshops on municipal records management and municipal access and privacy for AMCTO member municipalities. In retirement, Jim does some consulting work and enjoys his time as a volunteer leader for Scouts Canada.

Matthew Trennum been with Niagara Region’s Office of the Regional Clerk for 7 years, during which time he has served in a number of roles including: Access and Privacy Analyst responsible for processing Freedom of Information Requests; Information and Privacy Advisor responsible for privacy policies and consent management for Public Health and Community Services, as well as the responsibility for managing the municipality’s records retention By-law. Currently, Matthew holds the position of Deputy Regional Clerk overseeing the Council and Committee legislative process. He has a B.Sc. in Biomedical Neuroscience from the University of Guelph and is a certified clinical research coordinator. In 2013 he was recognized as a Privacy by Design ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

Upcoming Locations:

Hanover- May 3, 2019 (half -day session 12:30pm - 3pm )
Lion’s Den at P & H Centre
269 7th Ave.Hanover, ON N4N 2H5
(519) 364-2310

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Zone 2 Spring Meeting.

Ajax- May 3, 2019 (half -day session)
Ajax Convention Centre
550 Beck Crescent. Ajax, ON L1Z 1C9
(905) 428-9993

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Zone 4 Spring Meeting. Registration details coming soon!