Privacy is a fundamental right of every Ontarian. In order to protect that right, Ontario public institutions are required by law to protect your personal information, and to follow strict rules when collecting, using and disclosing your personal information.
The IPC’s role is to ensure that Ontario public institutions and health information custodians abide by privacy laws and principles. The IPC also assists you with resolving privacy complaints and has broader powers to investigate and research privacy issues.
In Ontario, public organizations are governed by the following access and privacy laws:
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)
- Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA)
- Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA)
- Part X of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA)
These acts help to protect your personal information held by Ontario public institutions.