About Us

About Us

The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association (FIPA) is a non-partisan, non-profit society that was established in 1991 to promote and defend freedom of information and privacy rights in Canada. Our goal is to empower citizens by increasing their access to information and their control over their own personal information. We serve a wide variety of individuals and organizations through programs of public education, public assistance, research, and law reform. We are one of very few public interest groups in Canada devoted solely to the advancement of freedom of information (FOI) and privacy rights.

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Caution is necessary as artificial intelligence continues to shift the Canadian digital economy

Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been reshaping the way we live and this summer marked an important stride in Canada’s path to an even more digitally-driven economy and government. From Jan. 19 to Sept. 21, Minister Navdeep Bains of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development (ISED) led a series of roundtables as part of the National …

Updated: Two pieces of scotch tape that show why Statistics Canada doesn’t care about your privacy

*** Update: As of December 3rd, 2018, one week following the publication of this blog post, and a couple of weeks after more than 400 Canadians exercised their privacy rights and requested their personal information through an OpenMedia campaign that FIPA assisted with, Statistics Canada has announced that they are suspending their practice of obtaining …

Civic duty and the values of an informed society

How the government’s action regarding the long-overdue FIPPA reform reflects our collective attitudes towards political issues By Carlo Javier We have an interesting relationship with our rights – especially those dealing with our freedom to access information and privacy. On one hand, conversations around such issues have certainly become more welcome in the general Canadian …

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Yes! I want to become a member of FIPA

From the very beginning, FIPA has drawn on community support to protect citizen rights. As we look forward to another twenty years of service, we hope that you’ll consider joining that community!

By joining FIPA, you will become a member of the only group in Canada exclusively devoted to advancing freedom of information and privacy rights.

You will enjoy benefits like our regular bulletin, updating you on important news about the fight to preserve and improve FOI and privacy. You will get notice of upcoming important events in the world of information rights, and you will have a voice in how this Association goes about its business.

Organization members also receive special discounts on FIPA conferences and workshops. Most of all, you’ll be part of a growing network of people committed to protecting information rights in Canada. So join us, and help us fight for your access and privacy rights!

Click here for our secure online membership form »

To create your membership, please create a new account (click the link in “Don’t have an account? Create one”) and follow the instructions.
If you are already a member, this form can be used to renew your annual membership.

Your privacy is important to us, and our website will guide you through a secure process.

Want to send a cheque instead? Download the membership form and send it to us at: #103 – 1093 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V6H 1E2

Have questions? Contact us.