Access to Information and Privacy

Overview

Environment Canada's Access to Information and Privacy Office (the ATIP Office) is responsible for implementing and administrating the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The ATIP Office also ensures that Environment Canada respects legislative and central agencies policies and procedures.

The Access to Information Act gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, individuals present in Canada and corporations located in Canada the right to access information in federal government records regardless of their format. The Act upholds the principles that government information should be available to the public; that exceptions to the right of access should be limited and specific and, that decisions on the disclosure of government information should be reviewed independently of government.

The Privacy Act provides Canadian citizens, permanent residents or individuals present in Canada with the right to access their personal information that is held by the Government of Canada. It protects against unauthorized disclosure of that personal information. In addition, it strictly controls how the federal government will collect, use, store, disclose and dispose of any personal information. In addition, the Act entitles individuals to request a correction of their personal information where the person believes there is an error or omission.

Our Guiding Principles

When processing requests under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act, Environment Canada follows ten guiding principles:

  • The identity of the requester will not be considered when processing their request.
  • Reasonable assistance will be given throughout the request process.
  • Information on the access and complaint process will be available.
  • Requesters will be informed if their request needs clarification.
  • Reasonable effort will be made to locate and retrieve the desired records under the control of Environment Canada.
  • Only limited and specific exemptions will be applied to records.
  • Accurate and complete responses will be provided.
  • Access will be provided in a timely fashion.
  • When appropriate, records will be provided in the format and official language requested.
  • An appropriate location within the government institution will be made available to examine information. The address of Environment Canada's public reading room is:

    National Capital Region
    Environment Canada Departmental Library
    Place Vincent Massey
    351 St-Joseph Boulevard, Annex 1st floor
    Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3
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