For Taxpayers, Businesses and Construction
Whenever a taxpayer wants to investigate how their taxes are being used by public bodies, access to information provides a critical research resource.
Whenever a business seeks equitable contracts and open procurement from public bodies, access to information provides an opportunity for them to address a lack of Transparency.
Whenever a business wishes to see if – and why — their competitors or industry are receiving government funds from public bodies, access to information grants them the knowledge to make informed decisions.
Bill 22 opens the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act for substantive changes for the first time in over a decade. Unfortunately, if passed, this Bill will undermine access to information and make public bodies less transparent. It is a step backwards for openness and accountability, and a missed opportunity to improve the information rights of British Columbians.