FOIP Head

Did You Know... Public access to some of the information acquired by the Town may be limited by the FOIP Act. The Town CAO serves as the FOIP Head to help determine what information can be released.

 

Town CAO Designated as FOIP Head

 

Public access to some records and information acquired by the Town of Athabasca may be limited by the guidelines set out in the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. The Town Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) serves as the FOIP Head to help determine what information can be released.

“The FOIP Head is a provincially mandated role; it is a requirement,” explains former Town CAO Ryan Maier. “Each municipality has to appoint someone. Typically, it is the CAO.”

The FOIP Act outlines what information can be collected from individuals by a public body like the Town of Athabasca, the manner in which it can be collected, and how it can be used.

Additionally, the Act allows any person a right of access to these public records, subject to limited and specific exceptions. The designated FOIP Head in a community acts an overseer to help assure that FOIP-related information is collected properly and that information as noted in the Act is protected appropriately and securely.

The Act also outlines the application process for requesting access to public records, and the applicable fees.

While there are certain types of information that can be provided without a formal FOIP request, some of the records are of a more sensitive nature and the proper FOIP documentation must be provided before access can be given.

“It is the role of the FOIP Head to review FOIP requests and provide decisions and recommendations,” says Ryan. “The FOIP Head determines if the requested information can be released wholly and completely, or if some of it is to be held back.”

For more information about making a FOIP request in Athabasca, please contact the Town Office at 780-675-2063.

For information about the FOIP Act, visit the Service Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy home page.

 

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