Request personal information


Getting started

Freedom of information and privacy laws in British Columbia give you the right to request access to any record in the custody or under the control of a public body, including a record containing personal information about yourself. Similar access laws apply to other provinces, the territories and the Government of Canada.

You also have the legal right to request access to your personal information that is held by private sector organizations/businesses in Canada, through various federal and provincial laws.

The process for requesting records containing your personal information is very similar to that for requesting records in general and usually takes approximately 30 days.

Your first task is to determine whether the information you want to access is held by the Federal government, Provincial government or other public bodies covered by the legislation, or a private organizations such as a non-profit or corporation. Click on the links below for detailed instructions on how to file requests for your private information for each category.

If you want to request general (non-personal) information, see our help topic ‘Requesting records from public bodies.’

Freedom of information and privacy laws in British Columbia give you the right to request access to any record in the custody or under the control of a public body, including a record containing personal information about yourself. Similar access laws apply to other provinces, the territories and the Government of Canada. You also have the legal right to request access to your personal information that is held by private sector organizations/businesses in Canada, through various federal and provincial laws.

The process for requesting records containing your personal information is very similar to that for requesting records in general. In requesting access to your personal information, you are unlikely to encounter too many problems, and you’ll likely get results within 30 days or so.

If you want to request non-personal information, see our help topic ‘Requesting records from public bodies’.

> Requesting Personal Information from the BC Government and public bodies (including local governments, municipal police forces and crown corporations)

> Requesting personal information from the federal government

> Requesting Personal Information from the private sector (including non-profit organizations, credit unions and corporations)

> Requesting personal health information