While the review revealed mixed findings we were glad to have input and impact through our submission and pleased to see the report recognizes the fundamental barrier to access that the fees create.
We look forward to prompt action by the Government to act upon these recommendations while also recognizing they have a poor track record of doing so.
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC’s investigation report, Access application fee six-month review, examined the number of access requests made to the BC Government in the first six months of the fee’s implementation, from November 30, 2021 to May 30, 2022. The data was compared against the same period for the previous two years. The report also considered how the fee is administered by public bodies in BC.