Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
February 1, 2018

Exemption of the Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project from the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015

Commissioner Donovan Molloy has received a number of inquiries in regards to the announcement of the agenda for today’s meeting of the House of Assembly Management Commission.

The OIPC views exemption of the Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project as appropriate and consistent with the treatment of similar records pursuant to section 5(1)(a) of the ATIPPA, 2015. The OIPC anticipates that consistent with recent commissions of inquiry, exhibits will be available to the public via the Commission’s website (www.muskratfallsinquiry.ca/). External link

Any present exemption effected pursuant to section 4 of the ATIPPA, 2015 ceases at the expiry of the next sitting of the House of Assembly.

In considering any amendment to the ATIPPA, 2015 to exempt the Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project from the ATIPPA, 2015, the OIPC again would view that treatment as appropriate and consistent with the treatment of similar records pursuant to section 5(1)(a) of the ATIPPA, 2015.

This treatment would allow the Commission of Inquiry Respecting the Muskrat Falls Project to proceed more efficiently and expeditiously. At the conclusion of the Inquiry, the Commission’s records will be under the custody and control of the Department of Justice and Public Safety. At that time, all of those records will be subject to access to information requests pursuant to the ATIPPA, 2015.

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2018 02 01                              2:40 p.m.