What is a Reasonable Search for Records?

What is a Reasonable Search for Records?

Ontario institutions are required to conduct a reasonable search for records when they receive an access to information request. To answer some frequently asked questions about reasonable searches, we have developed a new fact sheet that explains:

  • what a reasonable search is
  • how institutions can comply with their search obligations
  • what requesters should consider when asking for responsive records
  • a requester’s rights if they are not satisfied with a search
  • the role of our office in a reasonable search appeal

What is a Reasonable Search for Records  is part of a series designed to help professionals and the public understand Ontario’s access and privacy laws.

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