The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act came into effect in July 1983. The Access to Information Act (ATI) establishes the rights of all individuals and corporate entities present in Canada to have access to information contained in federal government records. The Privacy Act gives all individuals in Canada the right of access to information about themselves, and governs the collection, retention, use, protection and disclosure of personal information.
To Make an Access to Information Request
Informal requests for completed Access to Information Act Requests
The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through informal requests. You may wish to review the summary of completed Access to Information requests processed by AAFC's Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Office.
If you wish to obtain a copy of the records released in response to these requests informally, you may contact the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator.
To make a request under the Access to Information Act, you may either submit your request on the Access to Information Request Form or you may write to us stating that your request is pursuant to the Access to Information Act.
Your request should be forwarded to the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator, along with the $5.00 application fee in the form of cheque or money order, payable to the Receiver General of Canada.
- The application fee is required before the processing of your request under the Access to Information Act can begin.
- An applicant may be charged additional search fees and/or preparation fees in regards to a request they have submitted under the Access to Information Act.
To request your personal information held by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
To make a request for your personal information under the Privacy Act, you may either submit your request on the Personal Information Request Form or you may submit a signed written request stating clearly what personal information you are seeking.
Your request should be sent to the Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator.
- There are no fees for accessing your own personal information under the Privacy Act.
- Your request for personal information should provide enough details about the information you are seeking so that we are able to locate the records.