The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act is a Provincial law that gives a right of access to information held by a municipal government.
The Act requires municipalities to protect personal information contained in their records by imposing protection of privacy requirements governing their proper collection, retention, use, disclosure and disposal.
The Act is not necessary to access information that is already available to the public.
The Director of Council Services/Clerk, is the Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator for the Town of LaSalle and is responsible for the administration of the Act, including receiving and processing access requests on behalf of the Town and ensuring that the privacy requirements of the Act are met.
How to make a Request for Access
You may wish to contact the Town and speak to the department that is responsible for your request to determine if the information is available. Should the information not be available, then a formal request may be made under the Act. A request made under the Act must be in writing and submitted with the required $5.00 fee to the Director of Council Services/Clerk.
You may use the Freedom of Information Request Form when making an application, or send a letter to the Information Coordinator noting that the request is being made under the Act and detail as much information about the request as possible. Both the Request Form, or Letter, must be accompanied with the required fee of $5.00. If the $5.00 fee is not included with the request, the request for information will not be processed within a 30 day timeframe until the $5.00 has been received.
Right to Appeal Decision
You have the right to appeal any decision made by the Information Coordinator by filing an Appeal with the Information and Privacy Commission of Ontario, thirty (30) days after the decision has been made. The Commissioner must be sent a copy of the original request for information that was sent to the Town, together with the Town's decision to deny the request and the appropriate fee.