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Request your personal information held by the OPC

If you wish to request information that is under the control of another Federal Government Institution, you must submit your request to their Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator.

If you are requesting personal information that is not your own, you must fill the form Authorization to act as a representative for a request for access to personal information under the Privacy Act and attach it to your request for access to personal information. The authorization must be dated and signed by the person giving the consent.

There are no fees for accessing personal information under the Privacy Act.

If you are requesting information that is not personal information (i.e.: information held by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (OPC) such as: copies of invoices, reports), you must submit your request under the Access to Information Act. The following link provides instructions on how to submit an Access to Information Act request to the OPC: Request records held by the OPC.

You may submit your access request for personal information through the mail.  You will be able to submit your online access request, via the ATIP Online Request Service of the Treasury Board Secretariat, as soon as our office is listed.

Note: The OPC does not accept requests via e-mail or telephone. Please submit your requests by mail or, eventually, online, as indicated below.

Submit an online request

The Government of Canada has launched a new service for submitting ATIP requests online.

This service will help you:

  • search all 265 institutions of the Government of Canada
  • find the most appropriate institution for your request
  • view past ATIP requests

Visit the ATIP Online Request Service to start your online request.

Please note:

  • your search may direct you back to this site since we do not yet accept online requests
  • your search may lead you to the institution that is best suited to respond to your request

Submit a request by mail

To access your own personal information held by the OPC, please complete the Treasury Board’s Request for Personal Information Form or send a written request fully describing the information you are seeking and any relevant details necessary to help us find it. You must mention that you are requesting the information pursuant to the Privacy Act. Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents and individuals present in Canada can make a request under the Privacy Act.

Please send your request to:

Access to Information and Privacy Unit
Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 1H3

 

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