Freedom of Information

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act applies to all local government organizations, including municipalities, school boards, public utilities, transit and police commissions, fire departments, conservation authorities, boards of health and other local boards.  There are separate Acts that apply specifically to Provincial Ministries, agencies and Federal Government institutions. 

MFIPPA came into effect January 1, 1991 and requires municipal institutions to protect the privacy of an individual's personal information existing in government records.  The Act creates a privacy protection scheme, which the government must follow to protect an individual's right to privacy.  The scheme includes rules regarding the collection, use, disclosure and disposal of personal information in the custody and control of a municipal institution.

The Act is not necessary to access information that is already available to the public.

The Director Staff Services/Clerk is the Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator for the Town of Tecumseh and is responsible for the administration of the Act, including receiving and processing access requests on behalf of the Municipality and ensuring that the privacy requirements of the Act are met.

How to make a Request for Access

A requester should always make a general inquiry by contacting the corresponding department and simply asking for the desired information before making a request under the Act.  Should the information not be available, kindly contact the Director Staff Services/Clerk.