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November 7, 2003
For immediate release
Health Regions and School Boards to Be Included under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
Office of the Attorney General
"Since the implementation of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act last November, it has been government's intention to expand the scope of the legislation to include school boards and health regions," said Attorney General Ballem. "Each of these agencies is responsible for large amounts of personal information and this legislation will provide increased guidance on how to collect, use and disclose personal information."
A number of government agencies were given additional time to prepare for new processes set up under the legislation and to deal with large amounts of personal information held by these public bodies.
The process and fee structure for applying for access to records remains the same as the rest of government.
As of November 8, 2003, the following additional public bodies fall under the scope of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act:
Eastern School District
Western School Board
la Commission scolaire de langue franηaise
Kings Health Region
East Prince Health Region
Queens Health Region
West Prince Health Region
Provincial Health Services Authority
Hospital Standards Committees
Professional/Technical Advisory Committee(s)
Provincial Health Services Advisory Council
Provincial Standards Committee
The Access and Privacy Office also took this opportunity to update the list of public bodies under the legislation. Updates to the list will take place on a regular basis.
"With these agencies coming under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, we expand the scope of the act and strengthen our ability to effectively deal with personal information while continuing to provide increased access to government information," said Attorney General Ballem.