Freedom of Information/Privacy
The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) has been in effect since January 1st, 1991. This legislation regulates and controls the information that is made available to the public. The Act not only provides rights to the public to gain access to Municipal records, but also protects the privacy of individuals. There is a general right of access to records under MFIPPA, however, this right is subject to the application of exemptions that may apply to records.
A decision by a municipal government, agency, board or commission to deny access to certain types of information can be appealed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario (IPC/O).
The Act also provides a privacy protection scheme relating to the collection, use, disclosure and retention of personal information in the custody and/or control of municipal governments.
Public Access to Information
The Township Clerk’s Office, located at 7 Milne Street, Minden ON, K0M 2K0, is the official point of contact for those wishing to make a formal written request for access to information held by the Township of Minden Hills, or to request a correction to a record(s) containing their own personal information. The Clerk’s Office can direct any questions or concerns relating to privacy issues.
A completed access request form together with the accompanying $5.00 application fee may be mailed to the above location, for processing. When sending requests by mail please enclose a cheque which is made payable to the Township of Minden Hills.
Fees for Making an Access Request
There is a mandatory $5.00 application fee which must accompany each request for information. Search and preparation fee is $7.50 per 1/4 hour and $ .20 per page for photocopying. The general time limit for responding to access requests is 30 days.
Be sure to describe, in detail, the types of records which you are requesting access to under the Act.
How to Make a Privacy Complaint
Individuals wishing to make a privacy complaint should contact the Commissioner at:
Information and Privacy Commissioner, Ontario
Access and Privacy Office