Freedom of information requests

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act establishes the right of access to records held by municipal governments and local agencies, boards and commissions.

The Act is governed by the following principles:

  • Any information held by government, should, in general, be available to the public;
  • Any exemptions from the right of access to information should be limited and specific;
  • Any decisions relating to access to information can be reviewed by Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner;
  • Anyone can make an information request.
Requesting information

Fill in the Freedom of Information Request form and pay the $5.00 Freedom of Information Request Fee.

If you require information, you should always make a general inquiry by first 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 Corporate Services & Clerk.

If your request is for your own personal information, include a photocopy of a piece of identification with your signature. If you are requesting information on behalf of another person, include a letter with their signature authorizing you to make the request along with a photocopy of a piece of identification with their signature.

We will respond to your request within 30 days.

Fees for general information requests
General information requests
ServiceFee

Application fee

$5.00 (must be received before we process request)

Photocopy printouts

$0.20 per page

Search time

$7.50 for every 15 minutes

Record preparation

$15 for every 15 minutes

Disks (CDs)

$10 each

Shipping costs

Additional

NSF cheques

$25 

Fees for personal information requests
Personal information requests
ServiceFee

Application fee

$5 (Must be received before we process request)

Photocopying and computer printouts

$0.25 per page (black and white)

$0.35 per page (colour)

Disks (CDs)

$10 each

Shipping costs

Additional

NSF cheques

$45

  • We will contact you with an estimated cost before processing your request if we believe it will cost more than $25.
  • You will need to pay 50 per cent of that cost before we proceed if it is more than $100.
  • All fees must be paid by cash, cheque or money order, payable to “Treasurer, Town of Tecumseh.” Do not mail cash.
 Appeals

You can appeal to Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner within 30 days of receiving our decision if you are not satisfied.

Your appeal must include a copy of your original request for information and a copy of the Town's decision letter. Forward your appeal request with the appropriate fee to the Privacy Commissioner's office at:

2 Bloor Street East

Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A8

Phone: 519-326-3333

The appeal fee for personal information requests is $10.

The appeal fee for a general records request is $25.