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Freedom of Information Act

The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) provides individuals with a right of access to certain records and personal information under the custody or control of the Town.

The purpose of the MFIPPA is two-fold, providing both access to information and protection from access to information under specific guidelines.

Please contact the Clerk's Office for assistance, as in many cases, information is readily available to the public and you will not need to make a formal request. The municipality may, in some cases, restrict access to certain documents to protect individual privacy or the public interest.

Access to Information Request Process

  • Requesters must write a letter stating that they are asking for information under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and enclose the $5.00 access fee. Cheques should be made payable to the Town of Kirkland Lake.
  • The "records" that are being requested are located and within 30 days of receiving the request, the decision to either release the "records" entirely, in part or to deny access to them is made. This decision is based on the provisions of the Act and on relevant Orders that have been issued by the Information and Privacy Commissioner(IPC).
  • The Town can charge fees it spent on photocopying the records $0.50/page or the time staff spent searching and reviewing the records ($8/15 minutes). The requester will be given a fee estimate prior to the completion of the request.
  • The request will receive a decision letter enclosing the records that are being released and explaining why access is being denied to other records in part or entirely.
  • If the requester is not happy with the decision, he/she has the option to ask the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario to review the Town's decision.