The Privacy Commissioner of Canada is an Officer of Parliament who reports directly to the House of Commons and the Senate. The Commissioner is an advocate for the privacy rights of Canadians, and can investigate complaints, conduct audits, and pursue court action. The OPC also conducts or funds research into privacy issues, and promotes public awareness of these issues.
The Office of the Information Commissioner is also an Officer of Parliament, and provides arms-length oversight of the federal government’s access to information practices. The OIC assists individuals and organizations who believe that federal institutions have not respected their rights under the Act, monitors federal institutions’ performances under the Act, and advocates for greater access to information in Canada.
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC provides independent oversight and enforcement of B.C.’s access and privacy laws. The Commissioner has the power to investigate and resolve privacy complaints, issue binding orders, initiate investigations, conduct audits of public bodies or organizations, conduct research into anything affecting access and privacy rights, and educate and inform the public about their rights.
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario is the equivalent of the BC Commissioner. The OIPC (ON) operates under the Ontario Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), and the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA).
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario is the equivalent of the BC Commissioner. The OIPC (AB) operates under the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the Health Information Act, and the Personal Information Protection Act.
This webpage at the Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizen Services, provides contact information for FOI officers (Directors & Managers of Information and Privacy) in BC, government ministries, and crown corporations.
This webpage at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada lists contact information for all oversight offices and government organizations.
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat website provides a list of contacts for Access to Information and Privacy Coordinators in all Access to Information and Privacy Offices across the federal government.
This page contains the OIPC’s list of regulators in other jurisdictions that promote awareness and compliance with access and privacy laws.
This is the Government of Canada’s access to information and privacy webpage. Info Source is designed to assist individuals in exercising their rights under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.
DataBC is a place to find data, applications and geographic services. It encourages broad data sharing with the public and across government, as open data whenever possible. The DataBC Catalogue provides easy access to public government data, applications and web services. These datasets are under multiple license types, with thousands of datasets under the BC Open Government License.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia regulates the practice of medicine under the authority of provincial law. All physicians who practice medicine in the province must be registrants of the College.
Advocacy, Research, and Legal Education
The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is a law and technology clinic based at the Centre for Law, Technology & Society at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in Canada. CIPPIC’s mandate is to advocate in the public interest on diverse issues arising at the intersection of law and technology.
The BCCLA is an autonomous, non-partisan charitable society, which works to preserve, defend, maintain and extend civil liberties and human rights in Canada. They achieve their mandate through their Advocacy in Action, Public Policy, Community Education, and Justice programs. FIPA has collaborated with the BCCLA on a number of issues and projects.
OpenMedia.ca is a community-based organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. They work toward informed and participatory digital policy by engaging hundreds of thousands of people in protecting our online rights. They host the Protect Our Privacy Coalition of which FIPA is a member.
This is the website of the international Our Fair Deal coalition, of which FIPA is a member. The coalition works towards defending information rights in the negotiations of the international trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership.
This resource was created by OpenMedia and Fight for the Future. It lets you know about straightforward privacy tools that you can use to help keep the government from spying on your computer and phone.
Clicklaw is a website aimed at enhancing access to justice for British Columbians, and providing equitable access to quality legal information, education and help. It features legal information and education, but it is not a site of laws. Instead, Clicklaw features legal information and education designed for the public.
This Freedom of information advocates network is an international information-sharing network of organizations and individuals working to promote the right of access to information.
The Centre for Law and Democracy works to promote, protect, and develop those human rights which serve as the foundation for or underpin democracy; including the rights to freedom of expression, to vote and participate in governance, to access information and to freedom of assembly and association. It does this through research, educational outreach, and policy work.
PACC-CCAP is a national association in Canada dedicated to Privacy and Access to Information in both the private and public sectors. PACC-CCAP represents privacy and access practitioners and certified professionals across Canada, and is the certifying body representing leadership and excellence in information privacy, access to information, and data governance.
Independent Authors and Researchers
Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. He is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law issues with his regular column appearing in the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen.
Christopher Parsons is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Citizen Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a Principal at Block G Privacy and Security Consulting. He writes about how privacy (particularly informational privacy, expressive privacy and accessibility privacy) is affected by digitally mediated surveillance.
This is the personal website of Mike Larsen, a Professor of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and is also Co-Managing Editor of the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (jpp.org). He is the author of our ground-breaking FOI resource, Access in the Academy, and has compiled an edited volume (with Kevil Walby) called Brokering Access: Politics, Power and Freedom of Information in Canada (UBC Press, 2012)
David McKie is an award-winning CBC News journalist. He works in Ottawa out of the corporation’s Parliamentary bureau, using the federal access to information law and provincial freedom of information laws to find original stories.
Chad Skelton is an investigative reporter and data journalist at The Vancouver Sun, where he has worked since 1998. Chad is an expert in using Freedom of Information laws to ferret out controversial documents from government agencies. He is also active in the emerging field of data journalism: using raw government data to find news stories and create searchable online databases.
Ken Rubin is an Ottawa-based public interest researcher, a citizens’ advocate, an author, a civil libertarian, and an organic farmer. He is a well-known commentator on the right to information (RTI) and secrecy practices in Canada.
This is an independent website which is maintained by one of FIPA’s allies, Stanley Tromp. It features useful comparative studies, links, and other resources.
This is the personal website of a member of FIPA’s board of advisors. He is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School, and Faculty Director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service.
This websites is maintained by Professor Michael Geist of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and features summaries of all of the Canadian Privacy Commissioner‘s decisions under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), as well as other useful resources.