PRIVACY COMMISSIONER CALLS FOR REDUCED FEES FOR ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Jun 29, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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The province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner says Ontario should consider reducing – or eliminating – some of the fees it charges for access to information requests.

Brian Beamish calls on the Liberal government to review the Freedom of Information and privacy legislation – since it’s been nearly 30 years since the laws were enacted.

Federally, Ottawa has issued a directive that government institutions waive all Access to Information fees – except for the initial $5 charge.

In 2014-15, federal institutions took in just over $56, 000 in additional fees from people who requested information – while in Ontario in 2015 – it was about 10 times higher at almost $546,000.

A spokeswoman for Ontario’s Minister of Government and Consumer Services says the fees Ontario charges are in line with other provinces – and it’s not considering changes at this time.

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