BC FIPA Responds to Consultation on ATIA Reform

BC FIPA has responded to the questions posed by the Information Commissioner of Canada in relation to the consultation on needed reforms to the Access to Information Act (ATIA) The consultation is being undertaken in the context of the 30th anniversary of the passage of the ATIA.

BC FIPA proposes multiple amendments to the ATIA including expanding the scope of application (to Parliament for example), adopting a open definition of what bodies are covered, improving access for those with disabilities and those with literacy issues, eliminating the fees to file a request, introducing penalties for non-compliance, reducing the time-limit for responses and imposing a limit on time extensions, changing the exceptions for policy advice and Cabinet confidences, and improving the oversight of the ATIA by giving the Commissioner order-making powers.

Read all the responses (pdf).