FOI Resources

FOI Resources

Welcome to our comprehensive resource page on Freedom of Information (FOI) requests! If you’ve ever wondered how to access government information, navigate the FOI process, and craft effective requests, you’ve come to the right place. On this page, you’ll find a curated collection of invaluable resources to assist you in understanding and mastering the art of FOI requests. Whether you’re a journalist, researcher, or an engaged citizen, we’ve got you covered with FOI Request Writing Guides, tips on Finding Existing FOI Requests, insights into Navigating the FOI Process, inspiring FOI Success Stories, information on FOI Laws and Regulations, handy FOI Tools and Templates, Tips for Dealing with Refusals, and guidance on FOI Ethics and Best Practices. We hope this resource page equips you with the knowledge and confidence to effectively utilize FOI requests in your pursuit of truth and transparency. Whether you’re a first-time requester or an experienced investigator, these articles and resources will empower you to navigate the FOI landscape with skill and finesse. Happy requesting!

FOI Sample Document

This is an example of an FOI we sent to North Cowichan. The request was approved and we received the information requested within 5-6 weeks.

FOI Resources

Secret Canada is provided by Globe and Mail. This features a searchable database where you can browse FOI’s submitted by other parties. This is especially helpful if you’re looking for information immediately, as the FOI can be viewed within minutes.

Open Canada is the official Govt. Of Canada’s database to search for completed FOI requests. This is similar to the search database Secret Canada provides, only without the overlay from Globe and Mail.

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) provides independent oversight and enforcement of BC’s access and privacy laws. This is not like an FOI, but acts as a similar system between an individual and a corporate entity. You will find complaints and requests against legal entities, the Ministry of Family Development (MCFD), and other organizations.

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