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Freedom of Information

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is provincial legislation that establishes a right of access to information held by municipal governments. MFIPPA also governs the collection, retention, use, disclosure and disposal of all corporate records regardless of medium (i.e. paper, electronic, video, etc.). The Municipal Clerk is the Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator for the Town of Amherstburg and is responsible for receiving and processing access requests on behalf of the municipality, as well as ensuring that the privacy requirements of the Act are met.

How to request municipal information

The Town currently has an open disclosure practice and endeavours to provide as much information as possible without the necessity of submitting a formal request under the Act.

Persons wishing to access records held by the Town should first contact the Clerk's Department and request the information before making a formal request under the Act. The Clerk's Department can help determine whether a formal request is required.

If a formal request is required, the request must be in writing and submitted to the Municipal Clerk. A Municipal Freedom and Information and Protection of Privacy request form is available on the Town's website and at the Clerk's Department at Town Hall.

For further information on MFIPPA, please read the MFIPPA Information Guide and the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protectection of Privacy Act Information Sheet.

Fees

A $5 application fee applies to each request.

Additional fees may apply in accordance with Section 45(1) of the Act.

Right to appeal

A requester has the right to appeal any decision made by the Town regarding access to records or personal information. Appeals are filed with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

For additional information, visit the Information and Privacy Commissioner's website.

To contact the Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator:
Email: Paula Parker, Municipal Clerk
Phone: 519-736-0012 ext. 238
Fax: 519-736-5403