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Legislation Overviews

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  • Access to Information Laws in Alberta (Online Version)

    This brochure summarizes Alberta's access to information laws. The online version is for viewing on screens. Updated in March 2021.

  • Access to Information Laws in Alberta (Print Version)

    This brochure summarizes Alberta's access to information laws. Feel free to print for various meetings or events, or contact our office and we will provide you with printed copies. Updated in March 2021.

  • Designing Freedom of Information Systems

    The OIPC commissioned research that examines the implications of different models that governments use to handle access to information requests. Specifically, it compares a decentralized system where the response mandate is held by individual government departments in contrast to a system where response is centralized in one government department. Published in June 2018.

  • Guide for Businesses and Organizations on the Personal Information Protection Act

    This guide was developed to help businesses and organizations understand roles and responsibilities under PIPA during the collection, use, disclosure and safeguarding of personal information of clients and employees. Published in November 2008.

  • Health Information A Personal Matter: A Practical Guide to the Health Information Act

    This guide is intended to give custodians a basic understanding of HIA, including the areas custodians are most likely to encounter in the course of their practice or employment. It points out the major duties and powers created by the Act and the rules governing how those duties are to be fulfilled and how those powers are to be exercised. Published in August 2010.

  • Helping Municipal Councillors Understand FOIP

    The OIPC published an overview of the FOIP Act for municipal councillors. The brief guidance for councillors provides the basics of the law for municipalities, describes differences between constituency and municipality records, summarizes how FOIP applies to in camera meetings, cautions the use of personal email accounts and texting for council business, and highlights the duty to protect personal information. Published in November 2021.

  • Health Information Act: Interpretation of the Word "Person"

    This practice note is meant help interpret the word "person" as used within section 34(2)(c) of the Health Information Act. Published in May 2005.

  • PIPA on a Page

    This fact sheet provides seven points for organizations to remember when handling personal information. Updated in January 2018.

  • Privacy Laws in Alberta (Online Version)

    This brochure summarizes Alberta's privacy laws. Updated in March 2021.

  • Privacy Laws in Alberta (Print Version)

    This brochure summarizes Alberta's privacy laws. Feel free to print for various meetings or events, or contact our office and we will provide you with printed copies. Updated in March 2021.

  • Ten Steps to Implement PIPA

    This advisory provides ten steps for implementing PIPA, Alberta's private sector privacy law, in organizations. Updated in January 2018.