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2012-2013 - Annual Report to Parliament - Access to Information Act

Organizational Structure

The Director General of the Corporate Secretariat is Environment Canada’s Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator, and has delegated authority on all matters concerning Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP). The ATIP Secretariat, which is a part of the Corporate Secretariat, is the central coordinating body for all requests received by Environment Canada under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

The ATIP Secretariat directs all activities within Environment Canada relating to the administration, application and promotion of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides advice to senior management on the implementation of the statutes and prepares reports to Parliament, the Treasury Board Secretariat and senior management. The ATIP Secretariat represents the Department in complaints and investigations conducted by the Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and in any Federal Court applications arising from ATIP matters.

Capacity Development

Environment Canada remains committed to recruiting, training and maintaining a workforce that possesses specialized skills and that will continue to provide the best possible service to both internal and external clients.

Environment Canada is continuing to focus on developing capacity through its ATIP Professional Development Program. The program aims to train employees over a period of three to five years through a combination of competency-based training, professional development training and work assignments. Candidates enter the program at the PM-01 or PM-02 level and graduate as Senior ATIP Advisors at the PM-04 level. Current participants are progressing through the program with additional recruitment planned.

The Professional Development Program is enabling the ATIP Secretariat to better manage increasing workloads while facilitating succession planning through the transfer of corporate memory. The program also encourages staff to remain with the Department for a longer period of time.

In addition, Environment Canada’s ATIP Secretariat engaged in a number of staffing activities throughout the year in an effort to maintain the Department’s capacity in the face of increasing workloads. The ATIP Secretariat supplemented its staff by hiring consultants who focused on processing older requests.

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