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Information and Privacy Commissioner

Maria C. MacDonald

Information and Privacy Commissioner


Administrative Officer


     J. Angus MacLean
     180 Richmond Street
     P.O. Box 2000
     Charlottetown, PE
     C1A 7N8 

   Tel: (902) 368-4099
   Fax: (902) 368-5947


To increase basic awareness of its Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Service Alberta offers an interactive online course entitled "FOIP: Focus on Privacy". The course was adapted from a version created by the Access and Privacy Branch of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General, Government of Saskatchewan. It takes one to two hours to complete, but does not need to be completed all at once. It will give you a better understanding of the Act, your rights to information access and privacy, the provincial government’s obligations under the Act, the process of accessing information, independent oversight and complaint mechanisms and other relevant issues related to the Act. The Prince Edward Island Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act is based on Alberta's legislation. While the two Acts are not the exact same, this course is sure to be a useful educational tool. You can access the course at the following link:

FOIP:  Focus on Privacy

"There is no information that is more sensitive and in need of protection than personal health information. This is information about our bodies and our minds." 
                                                           - Honourable Doug W. Currie, Minister of Health and Wellness

: The Information and Privacy Commissioner provided the Department of Health and Wellness submissions on the draft Health Information Act.  While she is happy to see many strong provisions respecting the collection, use and disclosure of our personal health information, including legislated breach reporting, she suggested adding a duty for the custodian to respond openly, accurately and completely.  You may access the open letter from the Commissioner at the link below.  The Health Information Act received royal assent on May 14, 2014.  Proclamation is pending.

Open Letter from Commissioner on Proposed Health Information Act

- Information and Privacy Commissioner: Maria C. MacDonald

- Role of the Information and Privacy Commissioner

- Legislation

- The Act in Brief

- How to Request a Review

- Frequently Asked Questions

- Explanatory Notes

- Forms and Resource Materials

- Rulings

- Annual Reports

- Proactive Disclosure

- News Releases and Communications

- Related Links

- 'Right to Know' Week

- Data Privacy Day

Access and Privacy Services is a section of the Community Safety and Justice Policy Division of the Department of Environment, Justice and Labour.  It provides government-wide policy advice and support regarding the operation of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ("FOIPP Act") and regulations, policies and procedures, and it assists the FOIPP coordinators of each public body with training and advice.

For assistance with the FOIPP Act and with requesting access to information from the provincial government, you may contact the Provincial Manager or the appropriate designated FOIPP Coordinator:

Kathryn Dickson, Provincial Manager

 Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPP) Coordinators

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s privacy-themed calendars are back by popular demand. Each month of the 2014 calendar offers a whimsical but thought-provoking cartoon, together with a great privacy awareness tip. Download a pdf version now or contact the office to receive a printed copy.


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