Reform of the Access to Information Act: Past time for Action

On Wednesday, May 12, 2016, FIPA presented recommendations for reform of the Access to Information Act to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics (ETHI) in Ottawa.

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“Given the oft acknowledged and longstanding crisis in the access to information system in this country, it is surprising and disappointing that the government has postponed the comprehensive review of the Access to Information Act to 2018. As you have heard from a number of witnesses—including from the Information Commissioner—the backlog of needed amendments is extensive. That work should be started sooner rather than later.”