Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy


The Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIP) ensures your right to know and access the City of Grande Prairie's general information and protects your right to privacy regarding your own personal information.

Under the FOIP Act, the City is a local public body. Other examples of public bodies are school boards, post-secondary institutions, and health bodies.  FOIP legislation does not apply to the private sector.

All information the City collects, records, and stores is subject to the legislation under FOIP.  

Under the FOIP Act, you have a right to:

  • request access to any and all records held by the City;
  • access information the City has about you;
  • request the City make corrections to your personal information;
  • submit a request for an independent review of a FOIP issue with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

The City of Grande Prairie must:

  • tell you why it is collecting information about you and how it will be used;
  • only collect information that is absolutely necessary to operate a program, activity, or service;
  • only collect information authorized by law and/or for law enforcement purposes;
  • safeguard and protect all information that is collected, recorded and stored;
  • only disclose information in accordance with the FOIP Act;
  • make every effort to respond to an applicant openly, accurately and completely; and
  • voluntarily report to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner when a breach poses a significant risk of harm.