Freedom of Information

The Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010 (BPSAA) amends the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to make hospitals subject to FIPPA. This amendment does not change rules applicable to personal health information. The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 will continue to apply to hospitals‘ collection, use and disclosure of personal health information.

FIPPA will apply to hospitals as of January 1, 2012, but is retroactive to January 1, 2007. As a result, records that came into a hospital‘s custody and/or control on or after January 1, 2007 are subject to the act. It is anticipated that these changes will help to increase transparency of the hospital system in addition to the other measures in the BPSAA.

Certain types of hospital records are excluded from the application of the act. Some examples include:

  • Records that relate to the operations of a hospital foundation
  • The administrative records of a health professional in relation to their personal practice
  • Records that relate to charitable donations made to a hospital

Read more about the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or view SAH's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).