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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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.

FOI Workshops

We offer Freedom of Information (FOI) workshops to anyone interested in learning the practical skills needed to start accessing information held by government bodies and exercising their right to know.

There are two workshop formats: FOI 101 and FOI 201. The 101 is an introductory course that outlines the steps to crafting an effective request and successfully following it through. The 201 is a more advanced course for those already familiar with the FOI process.

View the FOI 101 handout

Watch FOI 101 Webinar on Vimeo from the Courthouse Library

Watch FOI 201 Webinar on Vimeo from the Courthouse Library

If you’re interested in organizing or participating in an FOI workshop, send us a message at fipa@fipa.bc.ca for more details. Workshops are entirely free thanks to our generous funding through the Law Foundation of BC.

Podcast

FIPA is telling stories related to freedom of information and privacy in a new way. Data Subjects is a podcast that explores the challenges and successes of being a digital citizen.

You can listen to Data Subjects through the plugin below or you can find the show in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher. Be sure to subscribe in order to keep up to date with the latest episodes. And if you like what you’re hearing, please give the show a rating!

The first several episodes of Data Subjects looks at the history of BC’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. In the nearly 30 years since the Act was passed, much has changed in the information and privacy landscape.

You’ll hear from FIPA’s co-founder and first executive director, Darrell Evans; co-founder and second Information and Privacy Commissioner, David Loukidelis; Colin Gableman, the Attorney General that introduced the legislation; Barry Jones, the MLA who pushed for the Act in the legislature; Rob Botterell, the chief bureaucrat drafting the legislation; Murray Rankin, the special adviser to the Attorney General; Vaughn Palmer, the Vancouver Sun’s political columnist; Michael McEvoy, the current Information and Privacy Commissioner; and more.

News

NDP celebrates Liberal’s ineffective ‘Duty to document’

Vancouver, April 1, 2019 — A statement released yesterday by the Ministry of Citizens’ Services, which claims that “new legislative changes improve transparency and accountability for British Columbians,” is a significant misrepresentation of an effective duty to document and is a distraction from the pressing reforms that are necessary for BC’s Freedom of Information and …

In Memorial: Richard Rosenberg (1939-2019)

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Dr. Richard Rosenberg, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Computer Science of UBC, former President of the BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, and lifelong advocate for privacy rights. Below are messages about Richard from FIPA’s President, Mike Larsen, and former Executive Directors, …