Annual Report to Parliament 2016-2017
Access to Information Act
The Access to Information Act (ATIA) was proclaimed into force on July 1, 1983.
The ATIA gives Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and any person and corporation present in Canada a right of access to information contained within government records, subject to specific and limited exceptions. The ATIA complements but does not replace existing procedures for obtaining government information. It is not intended to limit in any way the access to government information that is normally available to the public upon request.
Section 72 of the ATIA requires that the head of every government institution prepare for submission to Parliament an annual report on the administration of the ATIA within the institution during each financial year.
This thirty-fourth Annual Report on the Administration of the ATIA is prepared in accordance with section 72 of the Act. It is intended to describe how the Department of Justice administered its responsibilities during fiscal year 2016-17.
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