Freedom of information services

In the 1980s, the Province of Ontario recognized that the public had two interests in government-held information. First, the public had an increasing desire to obtain information that was being used to administer and make decisions on government programs.

Second, the public expressed growing concern about privacy protection in light of the increasing number of electronic data systems and the increased ability of users to compile, examine and transmit personal information without the knowledge of the affected individuals.

The Province enacted two similar laws to address these concerns. The first law regulated provincial ministries and agencies; the second, titled the Municipal Freedom of Information of Privacy Act ("MFIPPA" or "The Act"), applied to local government bodies such as the Township of North Dumfries.

The Township of North Dumfries has been subject to MFIPPA since 1991. The Clerks Department has the responsibility for establishing and implementing access and privacy policies and procedures.

Any member of the public can request any information in Municipal files by completing a request or by submitting a letter and depositing a specified fee. An MFIPPA request must always be in writing and accompanied by the minimum $5.00 application fee (Note: The cost may be more based on amount of time for research required to fulfill request. Every half hour of staff research will be charged at $15.00 and photocopies of files charged at $0.50 per sheet).

Freedom of Information requests apply to property records and building plans as well as surveys on file. These requests are approved through the Building Department.

Please click here to download and print the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Request Form for files through the Clerks Department.

Please click here to download and print the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Request Form for surveys only.

Please click here to download and print the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act Request Form for Building Files (other than surveys).

 Hard copies are also available at the Township Office.