Who we are

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) was established in 1983 following the passage of the Privacy Act, which governs the personal information handling practices of federal departments and agencies. In 2001, the duties of the OPC were extended to include private sector businesses subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act  (PIPEDA), Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law.

The mission of the OPC is to protect and promote the privacy rights of individuals.

The mandate of the OPC is overseeing compliance with both the Privacy Act and PIPEDA.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada, who is independent of government, reports directly to Parliament.

Explore the links on this page to learn more about our organization.

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Learn more about Daniel Therrien, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner.

Organizational Structure

Find out how the OPC organizes its various functions, what its teams do and who leads them.

Internal Audit Committee

Learn about the committee that provides objective advice and oversight to the OPC in the areas of management, control and accountability.

Ad Hoc Privacy Commissioner

Read about the independent Commissioner that ensures the OPC is complying with the Privacy Act.

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