British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) allows you access to information held by public bodies in British Columbia, including local governments. British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (hereinafter called the “Act”, but also referred to as FOIPPA, FIPPA or FOIPOP) applied to local governments commencing in October 1994. The Act is also retroactive in that it also applies to records created before 1994.
The intent of this comprehensive legislation is to provide:
- a vehicle to access records in the custody or under the control of local governments within the Province of BC; and
- a means of addressing personal privacy issues involving local governments.
Prior to the Act, there was no formal process for gaining access to many public sector records. The Act’s underlying principle is that ALL recorded information is available to the public, except information which is subject to those specific and limited exceptions to disclosure set out in the Act. The exceptions to disclosure are provided in Part 2 of the Act.
Section 2 of the Act sets out its two main purposes:
- to make public bodies more open and accountable by providing the public with access to records; and
- to protect personal privacy by preventing the unauthorized collection, use or disclosure of personal information by public bodies.
We suggest beginning with an informal request - The information you want may already be publically available. Applicants should review the Document Types for Releasing to determine if a formal FOI Request for Access to Records is required. If the record you are requesting is not listed, please submit a Freedom of Information Request for Access to Records Form. Note: Acrobat Adobe must be installed and used to submit the online form. Alternatively, hard copies of the form are available at Municipal Hall at 2nd Floor, 5797 Cowrie St., Sechelt.
We will process your request as quickly as possible and within 30 business days as specified in the Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy Legislation. However, if the record(s) you are requesting are large in volume, when additional time is needed to consult with third parties or other public bodies, and/or when we need to work with you to clarify your request, the District of Sechelt may require a time extension of an additional 30 days as specified in the FOIPPA.