What we do
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) carries out its mission to protect and promote the privacy rights of individuals in a variety of ways. For example:
- Investigating complaints, conducting audits and pursuing court action under two federal laws—the Privacy Act and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA);
- Publicly reporting on the personal information handling practices of public and private sector organizations;
- Supporting, undertaking and publishing research into privacy issues; and
- Promoting public awareness and understanding of privacy issues.
To guide its work, the Office has established strategic privacy priorities.
Explore the links on this page to learn more about our approach and activities.
How the OPC protects and promotes privacy
Learn more about how the OPC achieves its mandate and mission.
Learn about OPC investigations into privacy complaints.
Read the results of the OPC’s privacy audits.
Advisory services for businesses
Find out how the OPC can help businesses to proactively identify and address privacy issues.
Advisory services for federal public sector institutions
Find out how the OPC can help institutions to proactively identify and address privacy issues.
Advice to Parliament
Read information and advice the OPC has provided to Parliament about issues that impact the privacy rights of Canadians.
Submissions to consultations
Explore examples of the OPC’s written contributions to consultation processes.
Read privacy research completed by or for the OPC, or learn about OPC funding available for independent research or knowledge translation projects.
Learn about how the OPC engages Canadians on privacy issues and decisions that affect them.
Awareness campaigns and events
Find out about some of the key initiatives the OPC leads or supports to promote privacy protection and rights.
Provincial and territorial collaboration
Find out how the OPC works with other privacy authorities in Canada.
Discover what the OPC does on the global stage to protect and promote privacy rights.
Memorandums of understanding
Read more about the agreements the OPC has established with other federal government institutions and provincial, territorial and international privacy regulators in order to facilitate collaboration
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