Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
August 27, 2019

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – Report A-2019-021 Released

The Information and Privacy Commissioner, Michael Harvey, has released his Report A-2019-021 under authority of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015. A summary of the Report is included below.

To view the Report in its entirety, please go to www.oipc.nl.ca/reports/commissioner

Report:A-2019-021
Report Date: August 26, 2019
Public Body:Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs Secretariat
Summary: Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs Secretariat received a request for records relating to its progress in responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner approved two applications by the Secretariat for extensions of the time limit to respond to the request, and denied a third. The Secretariat delivered the final response to the Complainant 14 months after the request was made, and 7 months after the extended deadline. The Secretariat withheld almost all of the responsive records on the basis of section 27 (cabinet confidences) and a few pages withheld on the basis of section 30 (solicitor-client privilege). The Commissioner found that the section 27 and 30 exceptions had been properly applied, and therefore did not recommend further disclosures. The Commissioner also found that the extraordinary delay in responding to the request was unacceptable, and that the delay resulted from a number of factors, including workload issues, consultations with other departments, and the application of a policy on consultations that resulted in conflict with the mandatory provisions of the Act. The Commissioner recommended that the Secretariat review its processes to reduce or eliminate such delays.

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