Access to Information and Privacy

The Access to Information Act gives every Canadian citizen, permanent resident, individual or corporation present in Canada the right to request access to records that are under the control of federal government institutions. The Act complements other means of obtaining government information.

The Privacy Act provides every Canadian citizen, permanent resident or individual present in Canada with a right of access to their personal information that is held by federal government institutions. It also protects against unauthorized disclosure of that personal information. In addition, it strictly controls how the federal government will collect, use, store, disclose and dispose of any personal information.

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About the Access to Information and Privacy Office

The mandate of Women and Gender Equality Canada’s Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) Office is to implement and administer the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to oversee compliance with the acts ensure that legislative and central agency policies and procedures are respected on behalf of the Department.

The ATIP Office responds directly to all access to information and privacy requests. The office serves as the centre of expertise on ATIP issues.

Make an access to information or privacy request

There are two types of requests:

You may make a request by mail or online by describing the records you are seeking and including any relevant details to help the ATIP Office find the records you are requesting. Please note that a $5 application fee applies to access to information requests. There is no fee for privacy requests.

Submitting your request online

The Access to Information and Privacy Online Request Service offers a convenient way to submit access to information or personal information requests.

This service enables you to make online requests for information under the control of Government of Canada institutions.

Submit request online

Mailing your request

To make a request by mail, complete either the Access to Information Request Form or the Personal Information Request Form, or write a letter indicating that your request is made in accordance with the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act. In the case of an access to information request, please include the $5 application fee in the form of a cheque or money order made payable to the Receiver General of Canada. Your request may be mailed to the ATIP Office.

Women and Gender Equality Canada
Access to Information and Privacy Office

Mail: P.O. Box 8097, Station T CSC
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3H6

Courier: 22, Eddy Street, 10th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec J8X 2V6

For further information please contact us at: 

Telephone: 819-420-6816

Completed access to information requests

Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE, formerly SWC) posts a list of requests completed under the Access to Information Act every month on the website. WAGE request summaries can be searched by year, month and subject.

The list may not include all requests for information that we received. Requests that primarily contain personal information of the original requester are not posted.

If you wish to obtain a copy of the records released in response to a request, you may ask for a copy online or write to our Access to Information and Privacy Office.

You may also search for access to information requests completed by other federal institutions on Open Government.

The records will be disclosed as they were released originally including format and language(s). They will also include the exemptions and exclusions that were applied under the Access to Information Act.

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