In order to effectively carry out our expanded mandate as set out in the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (ATIPPA, 2015), the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) has restructured its Office. We now have two “lines of business”, Investigations and Advocacy and Compliance.
The Investigations branch will handle all access and privacy complaints, as well as own motion
investigations, and prosecutions. This branch is also responsible for time extension requests
and requests to disregard an access to information request.
The Advocacy and Compliance branch will carry out privacy breach reporting, Privacy Impact Assessment
(PIA) reviews, training and education, as well as monitor compliance with ATIPPA, 2015 through
auditing of Public Bodies. Education initiatives include workshops/conferences and information
sessions for both public bodies (including coordinators) and the general public. This branch
will also participate in educational activities designed to promote awareness of and compliance
with the ATIPPA, 2015.
Both branches also continue to address investigations and advocacy and compliance under PHIA.