Responding to Requests for Access to Information

This workshop will explore the topic of responding to requests for access to information under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

What You Will Learn:
• Legislative framework of MFIPPA: The basics behind access to information, the Act’s purpose and enforcement.
• Process and timelines for responding to requests
• What information can and cannot be withheld
• Exploration of the best operational practices to help manage the risks to the Township/Municipality/etc

Why Attend:

  • The MFIPPA applies to municipalities and other local government institutions, and provides a broad right of access to records held by municipal governments. Municipalities regularly receive high volumes of requests, and some of them can be very complex

  • Municipalities must comply and be seen to comply with their obligations under MFIPPA in full, but must also have regard for the interests of the municipality which may be impacted by disclosure or withholding of documents pursuant to MFIPPA

  • To properly balance these interests, municipal officials need to have a strong grasp of the legislative framework and best practices which apply to requests under the Act

Who Should Attend:

  • Councillors, CAOs, Treasurers, Clerks and Freedom of Information Coordinators  

About the Instructor:
Sébastien Huard, has considerable experience in the public and private sectors with particular focus on municipal and federal government, health care and transportation. A graduate of both the common law and civil law programs at the University of Ottawa, Sébastien provides counsel on judicial reviews, labour arbitration, wrongful dismissal claims, governance issues, human rights, collective bargaining, labour disputes, WSIB claims, privacy matters and Ontario Labour Relations Board and Public Service Staff Relations Board proceedings.

Refund Policy: All Cancellations must be confirmed in writing. A refund levy of $113 (includes HST) will be applied to every cancellation received up to fourteen (14) business days prior to the holding of the session. No refunds will be made for cancellations of less than fourteen (14) business days prior to the holding of the session.
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591 Wellington Road South
London, ON N6C 4R3
(519) 681-7151

Deadline to register:
April 10 
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5152 Thorold Stone Road
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 0A2
(905) 356-7521

Deadline to register:
April 23 

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5515 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON, M9C 5K5
(647) 260-3989

Deadline to register:
March 21 
Civic Centre 
99 Foster Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5X6
(705) 759-2500

Deadline to register:
March 29