Welcome to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC)
The Information and Privacy Commissioner is an Officer of the Legislature. The Commissioner reports directly to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and is independent of the government of the day.
If you require accommodation to access our services or would like to receive any of our published content in another format, please contact our office.
Due to Covid 19 access to our offices will be limited, masks and physical distancing is required to help keep everyone safe.
*** OFFICE CLOSURE *** September 10 to October 4, 2021
In response to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner will be closed to the public for in-person visits from September 10 to October 4, 2021.
Contact may still be made through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a message on our telephone at 1-867-669-0976 / 1-888-521-7088 (toll free).
“Right to Know Week”
September 27 through October 1, 2021 is “Right to Know Week”. Right to Know Week recognizes and celebrates a foundational aspect of our democracy—the right of access to information held by our government institutions.
In the Northwest Territories, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Health Information Act create individuals’ legal rights to request access to records held by government departments and government agencies and to access personal health information held by health information custodians. Similar rights exist across the country in every province and territory and at the federal level. The purpose of such legislation is to subject government actions and government decisions to public scrutiny, recognizing that the public’s right to know what its government is doing is, subject to certain restrictions, in the public interest.
If you would like to know more about the Right to Know Week, please navigate to the official web site of the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada (OIC). The OIC provides a wealth of further information about Right to Know Week, including a history of access to information, and the “Right to know Principles”. The address for the Office of the Information Commissioner of Canada is: https://www.oic-ci.gc.ca/rtk-dai/
I encourage you to take a moment to consider what having a right of access to information means to you and your community. Its worth a visit to the OIC’s website and to learn more about Right to Know Week!