The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) requires that municipalities protect an individual's personal information existing in government records. The Act also gives you the right to request access to your personal information in these records.
Some information and records require you to submit a formal written request for access to this information under the MFIPPA. Contact us to find out if the information you want requires a formal written request.
To submit a request you must:
Processing your request includes the following steps:
The Township of Scugog must respond within 30 days of receiving your request. If the request is for a large number of records and requires more time to process or a consultation with an external third party, we advise you of any time extension needed.
If your request includes confidential information that we can't release, either in part or full, you will receive a letter explaining which exemption denies access to the information. The denied information is blacked out in the copy of the records sent to you.
Records not available through Freedom of Information include:
Mandatory exemptions require the municipality to deny access to a record. This includes:
Discretionary exemptions allow the municipality to decide whether it should deny access to the requested record. This includes:
If you are not happy with the decision about access to the information you requested, you can make an appeal in writing to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario within 30 calendar days of receiving the municipality's decision. The Commissioner makes impartial decisions under the MFIPPA.
The municipality has 30 days from the date we receive your request to respond to it. If you haven't received a letter about your request after those 30 days, you can appeal this too.
Your letter for appeal must include a copy of your original request for information and a copy of the municipality's decision letter. Forward your request for an appeal, with the appropriate fee, to the Commissioner's office at:
The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
If you appeal a request for access to your personal information or a correction to your personal information, the appeal fee is $10.
If you are appealing a request for access to general records, the appeal fee is $25.
You must send your appeal fee with your appeal request. Cheques or money orders must be payable to the Minister of Finance.