Access to Information
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA)As an agency of the government, the SIU must adhere to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and is responsible for responding to requests for access to records in accordance with the legislation.
In addition to requests for information brought under FIPPA, the SIU regularly responds to requests for information from a variety of sources, such as:
- Litigants involved in civil suits;
- The Coroner’s Office;
- The Crown and/or accused in third party criminal proceedings;
- Police services conducting investigations;
- Those whose injuries are the subject of SIU investigations and their families;
- The families of persons whose deaths are the subject of SIU investigations; and
- Insurance companies.
When the request comes from a party in a legal proceeding, the SIU will typically respond through the courts. Where those personally touched by an SIU investigation make requests, there are policies in place to ensure every accommodation is made within the law to address their particular interests. Requests under the Act must be made in writing and to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Office at the Ministry of the Attorney General. The Access Request Application Form can be found at http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/foi/