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How to Request a Review

With regard to freedom of information matters, a request for review can only be accepted after a formal request for access to information has been made to a public body in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and upon the public body rendering a decision on the access request or notifying a third party of the access request.

A request for a review may be sent to the Commissioner by letter or on a prescribed Request for Review application form, Form 1  if you have requested information, or Form 2 if you are a third party who has been notified of a decision of a public body on an access request.  A copy of the original access request and decision or notice letter of the public body should also be included. There is no fee to file a request for review.

If a person who requested access to information seeks a review of the decision of the public body, a request for review must be made within 60 days after receipt of the public body's decision letter, unless a longer period is allowed by the Commissioner. This same time limit applies to a person who believes their own personal information has been collected, used, or disclosed contrary to the Act.

If a third party seeks a review of a decision of a public body, the third party must request a review within 20 days of receiving notice of the decision from the public body on an access request.  It is important to note that the Commissioner does not have the ability to extend the time for a third party to deliver a request for a review outside of the 20-day time limit.  If the request for a review is delivered to the Commissioner by mail, it is highly recommended that you contact the office to confirm receipt.  If time is of the essence, you may contact the Commissioner to discuss an alternative mode of delivery.

More information is available under the Frequently Asked Questions section of this site.

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