Freedom of Information
The Legislative Division is charged with administering the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The Act applies to all records in the custody or under the control of public bodies like Saanich. The Act gives the public a right of access to Saanich's records although there are limited exceptions to that right. The Act also regulates how Saanich collects, uses and discloses a wide range of personal information in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities and operating its programs.
Saanich has always prided itself on being an open Municipality and one that readily shares its records with the public. As a result of this philosophy, most of the information sought by the public has always been available and is handled informally without using the Act. Front line staff will readily release records such as agendas, minutes, bylaws, policies and procedures and information related to your property.
Formal requests under the Act are dealt with by the Information and Privacy Team of the Legislative Division and the decision on whether to release information rests with the Head of Information and Privacy. A formal request is a request in writing for records that are not routinely available.
How to File a Formal Request
If you know a formal request is required, an access to information form should be filled out. The request should provide sufficient detail to assist staff in locating and retrieving the records. To find out if a formal request is required, contact the office directly at (250) 475-1775.
Information and Privacy Team
Corporation of the District of Saanich
770 Vernon Avenue
Victoria BC V8X 2W7
The Act provides for the Municipality to charge a fee for certain limited costs of providing applicants with records. If there are costs involved in processing a formal request, the applicant will be provided with an estimate before the application is fully processed.
- BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
- Guide to Access and Privacy Protection under FIPPA
- A guide prepared by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner to give you a basic introduction to FIPPA and how it affects you.
- Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
- The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner provides indpendent oversight and enforcement of B.C.'s access and privacy laws including FIPPA.