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Access to Information Act

Version of section 2 from 2019-06-21 to 2023-09-19:

Marginal note:Purpose of Act

  •  (1) The purpose of this Act is to enhance the accountability and transparency of federal institutions in order to promote an open and democratic society and to enable public debate on the conduct of those institutions.

  • Marginal note:Specific purposes of Parts 1 and 2

    (2) In furtherance of that purpose,

    • (a) Part 1 extends the present laws of Canada to provide a right of access to information in records under the control of a government institution in accordance with the principles that government information should be available to the public, that necessary exceptions to the right of access should be limited and specific and that decisions on the disclosure of government information should be reviewed independently of government; and

    • (b) Part 2 sets out requirements for the proactive publication of information.

  • Marginal note:Complementary procedures

    (3) This Act is also intended to complement and not replace existing procedures for access to government information and is not intended to limit in any way access to the type of government information that is normally available to the general public.

  • R.S., 1985, c. A-1, s. 2
  • 2019, c. 18, s. 2
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