Access to information involves Canada’s obligation to provide a right of access to information in records under the control of government institutions. This obligation is based on the principles that government information should be available to the public. Essentially, the Access to Information Act provides every Canadian citizen or person resident in Canada, or corporation resident in Canada has the right of access to records (in any format) held under the control of a government institution, subject to certain specific and limited exceptions. Occasionally, disputes arise as to the sufficiency of the information provided, or the amount of time it takes to produce the information requested.
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